Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Shout out to JUMPING IN ART MUSEUMS!

Lar Art Jumping at the Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott College. Painting by Jeremy Ray Chance

Cath and I adore the Jumping in Art Museums blog! So much of art, especially contemporary and/or postmodern works, tend to illicit rather negative responses in people: too easy, too weird, unapproachable, i-don't-get-it. I think the worse response though isn't any of these negative reactions, but no reaction at all. Apathy. The more I hear that art programs (music and theater too) are being cut from public school budgets I really do think that everything might be going to pot. That's a bit mellow-dramatic, I admit. But art is absolute necessity, especially in a culture that tends to be a bit cynical, or a bit bull-shitty, or a bit too selfish at times. Okay...done with my 2 cents portion of this blog entry- on to art fun!
Here's why Jumping in Art Museums is so fantastic:
• it's great fun! (though it also depends how much you like taunting the underpaid security guards)- try it... you'll agree.
• you feel like a kid! but a sophisticated kid who just bounded 3 ft. in the air in front of a Jasper Johns
• you can get your photo published on their spiffy blog and thus share your enthusiasm for art with the rest of the world
• you can stop taking those urinals/fountains on the wall (or anything for that matter) so seriously

So we jumped at the Dalton Gallery this weekend (see post below). Only now looking at the photos I realize how strange we look leaping so exuberantly in front of Migraine Guy and Bloody Skull. Juxtaposition is totally what we were going for...ermmm... intentionally.

Cath Art Jumping at Dalton Gallery. Mural by Sarah Emerson.

LL

8 comments:

Alya said...

I agree.. There's not enough art education or awareness in school these days. :(

But this project is fun! It should be called Jump For Art!

Ace said...

I completely agree. White walls make me think of hospitals.

Lynn said...

I should try this jumping pose. High time that I did after only seeing you guys and Sean doing it LOL!

Mare said...

I love the Jumping in Art Museums, and I'm also really impressed--you guys got some serious height in your jumps!

I think the arts are vital in obtaining a complete education.

Also, I'm reminded of one of my favorite quotes (I didn't alter it for any political correctness; it would ruin the flow):

"A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul."
~Goethe

Secretista said...

AWESOME!! I LOVE JUMPING PICTURES!! You should most definitely send that blog your pictures!

AsianCajuns said...

Alya, we agree! You don't have to jump in a museum.
Ace, there is no wall in our house left without some sort of visual stimulation... we couldn't agree more about that hospital thing.
Lynn, you should definitely jump and then post it on your blog ;)
Mare, we loooove that quote. I think that "the sense of beautiful...implanted in the human soul" is one reason I had to study art history. That sounds a little artsy-fartsy, but it's so true!

AsianCajuns said...

Secretista! thanks for the enthusiasm. We most definitely sent it in!

Ediot said...

great photos and outfits