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When art gets creepy

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  • posted at 11:13 am on Tue, Apr 12, 2011.


    Thanks you for putting a name to the fear I have of clown paintings. They are just marginally less creepy than actual clowns themselves. AND! Those big-eyed kids? My mom hung them in my room...even one of a little dog. I always assumed they were watching me and I don't think I slept for about 3 years.

    Art needs to make you feel something...anything. If it does, the artist hit their mark. But I'll admit to wanting to put a bag over their painted metal faces.

  • James Rodems posted at 5:05 pm on Mon, Apr 11, 2011.

    James Rodems Posts: 1

    I want to thank Mr. Lutz for illistrating one of the primary functions of public art:
    To illicit a response from the viewer.

    I am reminded of being a college student at CSU, Fresno and visiting my sister who was attending UC Santa Cruz (yes...hard to cheer "Go Slugs!!!"). She took me through campus and pointed out all the public art while explaining the titles of each piece. Most of the time her descriptions were met by me with a, "Yeh...right....". The point was the simple act of looking and thinking about it during the course of a stroll across campus. Regardless of the thought it was still thought provoking.

    You may look at something and think, "Well that sucks!", but you will still be an active participant in the purpose of the exhibit. You will have been pulled into reacting to what was previousely empty space and involuntarily engage in thinking about about something you may like or dislike.

    Either way....we hope you enjoy the moment (even though Grandma above might be a little reminiscent of a Saturday afternoon black and white horror film).

    James M. Rodems
    Director - Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
    City of Lodi

  • Hannah Kemalyan posted at 11:29 am on Mon, Apr 11, 2011.

    Hannah Kemalyan Posts: 12

    I,for one, could not agree more.


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