Session #153, Work #154

 

At the Frye Museum their main show currently is of the artist Buster Simpson. I didn’t know anything about Buster Simpson before this show and even though the show was interesting in its setup I felt that the message of the work was too cryptic. With work so full of “art speak” I need some aesthetic interest before I am influenced into seeking out the meaning of the work. What I find ultimately strange is that all of Buster Simpsons work is done in public areas, I would think that work made for the public, people that could care less about an artists intentions, should have a least some appealing visual quality. Really there were only a couple pieces that I didn’t walk up to and immediately think “What the hell, this is strange?”.

In contrast to Buster I would like to use Richard Serra as an example. Now here is an artist with work that has ultimate aesthetic appeal, so much so that I could buy a huge book about his work and read it cover to cover.

But, I have looked at his website of the work that he has done around Seattle and a lot of it is great. Most of it is aesthetically pleasing and well done. Strange that none of it transferred over into the show at the Frye, so I spend most of my time with the Horizon show doing this drawing.

 

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All the Hudson river school paintings were lined up by their horizon lines very close to each other and the lighting was very nice.

 

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