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joseph cornell

k, most of what i learned about the art world came well after college, and i'm sure my mom's parent's are doing loopty loops in their graves, having paid the bulk of my tuition. but, i have to say, much of life's lessons cannot be bought, and the magical work of joseph cornell is no exception.

i took a few history classes in college, sure. they were perhaps the most valuable and entertaining aspects of my college career. i have indelible (and probably scarring) images of my instructor/advisor stroking and grinding her pedestal, working herself into a climactic frenzy while lecturing about ancient egyptian art (which, incidentally, most likely explains the fact i carry a 'venus of willendorf' keychain with me at all times).... but, surprisingly, i NEVER learned of joseph cornell until WELL after my school days. this man played a posthumous role in my introduction to mixed media, assemblage, and collage. i dabbled in mixed media in school, incorporating found objects into my paintings, like picture frames, paper and the like.....but, no one really took me by the hand and said, 'heeeeeeeey, you should look at the work of duchamp, cornell, or rauschenberg.' i had to find this out for MYSELF. which is what i'll preach until i'm 66 feet under.....higher education will only teach you one thing.....and that is to TEACH YOURSELF.

cornell was the KiNG of resting space. something for which i am eternally searching for...within my life and my art. yeeeeeees, art should awaken the senses....be alive. but, ideally it should also take us to a deeper place within ourselves, so we can forget and remember......all at the same time.

so, sit back, sip, smoke, nibble.....whatever....and take this trip down 'cornell road' (courtesy of robin, one of my nearest and dearest friends) i promise, it'll blow your mind....and the best part is...you don't have to worry about paying back AAAAAANY student loans.



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May. 6th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)
Ah Cornell, king of the hermits.

I had a friend once who worked for a museum
installing work, who got to play with one
of his boxes. He sent me a few photos. :]
May. 6th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
a kinetic playground, his pieces!!!! how lucky you are to have seen it....even 2nd hand! i'm jealous!!!!!

the thing i really enjoyed (and LEARNED) about cornell's work is the complete 3-dimensionality of it. you can spin all the way around and get 2 works, 2 WORKS for the price of one...

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May. 6th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
thanks much for the info, liz....i've seen many a cornell, but this looks to be the pinnacle of retrospectives!!! methinkis i'll clear my calendar for october-january!!!!!!!! hell, maybe i'll just throw up a tent outside the museum? hee heeeeeeeeeeee.....performance art.

May. 6th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
i have to agree most of the things i've learned and still learning happened oustide the school and infront of the computer! haha XD thanks to people like you who share they're passion and knowledge and inspire me, and like our friend cornell there ahaha! incorporated 3d artworks seemed to breathe on its own!(traditional of course)
May. 6th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
here here! to the school of life!
May. 6th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
wAy kewl, baby! aNd! guess who i ran into at trader joe's today??? the one and only ms robin hrself!!

May. 6th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
I love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love! Cornell!

He's teh awesome!
May. 7th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
thanks for the okay to add you. and this post is perfect, i was just asking about assemblage artists to look at, and i've always loved him but haven't looked at his work for a long time. thanks.

not to mention i'll have to get over to s.f. for the retrospective this fall/winter.

May. 9th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
nice t'meecha!!!

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