Thursday, March 2, 2017

Black, White, Grey, Steel, And A Tolkienish Work Of Art

It occurred to me after the fact that my final photo from yesterday could drive one crazy if turned into a two thousand piece jigsaw puzzle.

Ottawa City Hall has a couple of art galleries. The first is temporary extra space for the Ottawa Art Gallery while expansion work at Arts Court continues. The second, the Karsh-Masson Gallery, has a rotating schedule for artists to present their works. In December and January, the space was given over to two artists, Anna Frlan and Gail Bourgeois, to display their work. I thought of this particular sculpture by Ms. Frlan for the theme day yesterday, but quickly found so many different angles for it that I decided to present it by itself. It is called Renewal; the listings of the various installations of this exhibit, though rather sparse on detail, included three words for this one- deactivated land mines. Whether or not that includes actual former weaponry is a question, but the artist works with steel in her sculptures. The result is formidable- like a Nazgul out of Tolkien's Middle Earth or a tornado depending on how you look at it. Have a look at Marleen's post from yesterday for another sculpture that reminded me of this.

29 comments:

  1. That IS an arresting sculpture - I see what you mean. Though it also looks a little like a badly burned tree. Maybe that's the point - renewal.

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  2. There is indeed a remarkable resemblance, William. Isn´t that a coincidence! Having a closer look at this one it seems to have thousands of steel leaves, and makes me wonder what it would look like if the artist had used Fall colours...

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  3. It is a very heavy, perhaps oppressive?, work of art.

    Janis
    GDP

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  4. This would have also been a good choice. Though it's a bit gloomy.

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  5. neat-O! i was thinking puzzle pieces, but then leaves ... then got a closer enlarged look ... so cool!! ( ;

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  6. A very interesting sculpture and a sad statement for countries that gave to deal with active land mines. So destructive.

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  7. I like the idea of a rotating schedule. Much must be in storage.

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  8. It has a bit of an intimidating feel to it.

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  9. Very interesting piece of art.

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  10. I don't know what to say ... it's massive, dark and brooding! Scary even!

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  11. @Mike: I can see a scorched tree in it too.

    @Marleen: that would have been quite different.

    @Marianne: yes, the sculpture from Marleen's page really evoked this as well.

    @Janis: oppressive is a good term for it.

    @Halcyon: it does have that effect.

    @Beth: thanks!

    @Pamela: true.

    @Cloudia: I think so.

    @Jennifer: it does give the artists some exposure, and I like stopping in every once in awhile to see what's new.

    @Sharon: it certainly does.

    @Nancy: I agree.

    @Lowell: it is!

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  12. reminds me of some type of mushroom.
    Coffee is on

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  13. It gives me a strong sense of foreboding.

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  14. It has a feeling of evil about it!

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  15. Is it steel from the Mines of Moria? It looks like that ;) The sculpture scares me, to be honest. Maybe it's because you mentioned Nazguls...

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  16. @MB: it really caught my attention.

    @Dora: I hadn't thought of that!

    @Catalyst: it certainly does.

    @Linda: it has that feel.

    @RedPat: I think so. It's certainly bringing out strong reactions.

    @Klara: it wouldn't be out of place in the Mines! It did certainly evoke Tolkien the first time I saw it, but looking at it again, I also find myself thinking of the Dementors from the Harry Potter books.

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  17. Yikes! That would be a pretty creepy thing for security guards to bump into late at night.

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  18. Very detailed. Would I take a long look at this one? I'm not sure.

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  19. It is very interesting art work. I like it a lot. Would have been fascinating to see it created.

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  20. I'm going to be the kill joy. Like so many of the modern sculptures it says nothing to me. I don't even consider it art.

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  21. I think you nailed it: Nazgul!

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  22. Formidable is the right word. BTW, you were a bit harsh with that spammer but it made me chuckle!

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  23. Oh my gosh when you enlarge the images this really is a complex and amazing sculpture William.. it also made me think a little of my black swans today 😊

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  24. So that's why it looks familiar!

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