I went to the Calder show at LACMA last week and have a few thoughts about it that I thought I would share with the group today.
The space is interesting and reminiscent of a mobile. The curves are organic and a bit confusing but beautiful. One is never sure what way to go, so while there is never a logical path, the process isn’t forced but revelatory in it’s casual progression. Calder’s oeuvre includes so much more than what the casual fan (including myself) expects and the evolution is a wonder to behold. The levity and playfulness of the sculptures really infects your soul. The only problem I had with the show is the off-putting feeling of being surrounded by immobile mobiles. I understand the conservational need to protect these treasures, but it evoked the same feeling as one gets in a zoo, the restraint of natural power. Animals in cages waiting to be freed.
I must say my favorite thing must be how excited the guards are to be in there and talk with you about the pieces. It’s a true estimate to how art can influence a mood. Genuine smiles and conversation abounded between the guards and patrons as if everyone knew what a special moment they were participating in and couldn’t help but share it with everyone within arms reach. Truly beautiful.
What are you doing this weekend? Seeing the Calder show at LACMA? Thought so.
February 28, 2014, 11:19am