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booker art pieces: wow

updated sat 4 feb 06


Elizabeth Priddy on wed 1 feb 06

I would love to hear what you folks think about this work.

I absolutely love it. It is reminiscent of an event here at the
beach. Somebody got the bright idea to build out the barrier
islands with old tires as a base. Well, it worked pretty well
for a while until Man found out once again that Nature is
both more powerful and more wicked than he could foretell.

We woke up one morning after a blow, not a hurricane, just
a winter storm to find:
hundreds and hundreds of tires washed up on the beaches.
Tires as far as your eye could see. Almost Cristo-esque.
Like giant black lifesaving bouys as far as the eye could see.

I love the Booker work because of the refractory aspect of the
tires as a material, how deeply black they are without any
reflection. Talk about malevolent. And then the scale. But
balanced by the attention to beautiful form. Fan shapes and
undulating arcs. it is just gorgeous. They remind me of Chihuly
glass made out of the most opposite of materials possible. I
can just smell them-a truly unique reaction to sculpture. But
I imagine being in space with them would be that hot road smell
after driving too far on too hot a day. And I do so love to drive.

Thanks Vince. I never would have come across this if it weren't for
your post.


Vince Pitelka wrote:
Off list, hell. Everyone should know what a fabulous place it is. I've
mentioned Storm King Sculpture Park on Clayart before.

Elizabeth Priddy

Beaufort, NC - USA

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Helen Bates on thu 2 feb 06

On Wed, 1 Feb 2006, Elizabeth Priddy wrote:

> I would love to hear what you folks think about this work.
> E
>Vince Pitelka wrote:
> I've mentioned Storm King Sculpture Park on Clayart before.
>Elizabeth Priddy
>Beaufort, NC - USA

Hello, Elizabeth, and Vince,

I enjoyed my online visit to the site, though my tired monitor shows the
images as rather darker than a newer monitor likely would. I particularly
liked one called (approximately) "male torso who went off his path" and
another piece called "perpetuosity." They both have fine abstract
sculptural qualities in the play of light on form, and in the
inter-relationships of the sub-forms with each-other in the pieces. Of
course, the social or political context of the pieces has impact as well...

Aside from the specifics above, I am once again buoyed up by seeing yet
another example of the positive, inventive, aspect of human beings, when so
often it is the negative, destructive aspect that is emphasized (and often
rightly so, of course.)