Monday, September 24, 2007

Giddy Up!

One of the last things i saw at Venice before flying home. this is an action figure rendered in the artist's own likeness. he is depicted riding an enormous brain. again, modeled after the artist's own. upon seeing this i was struck speechless and i recall standing there reeling from the profundity, unable to put into words what i was seeing and feeling. i remember thinking to myself: "if only i too had the ability harness my own brain power and ride it like a giant mushy Segway, i might be able to find words to describe this piece. "
but months later all i can say is this: i love the heavy handed blunt legibility of the artist/brain rider. i adore the arrogance. like Caspar David Friedrich's Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, it is an iconic image of a hopeless romantic just doing his thing. and maybe it's the '80s trench coat the brain rider is wearing, but i'm also reminded of that iconic image of the hopeless romantic John Cusack in Say Anything, standing alone blasting the boombox over his head. however, i'd argue this gesture is a bit louder...