Stills V3

October 30, 2009

Not Mobile

Filed under: Rex — Rex @ 21:03

Split Art Gallery.

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8 Comments »

  1. This very much has a crispness about it. Saying that though, I’m still unsure as to whether the book reader is concentrating or snoozing. They look like a thick set of books so I guess/assume the latter. A simple diagonal leads you through this but a shame that the blue mobile ‘touches’ the painting behind it. Its suspension in total seclusion would really bring this one home.

    Comment by akikana — November 1, 2009 @ 11:07

  2. The figure is almost eerily like a Duane Hanson sculpture. Well seen.

    Comment by matt — November 1, 2009 @ 14:42

  3. There’s a lovely quality to this picture – classical, almost.
    It’s the details, rather than the whole, that I like.
    The shadow of the mobile is glorious.

    Comment by Lillput — November 1, 2009 @ 22:30

  4. Did the sound of the shutter wake him up?

    I think that I’m with Akikana about the positioning of the mobile against the picture. I see three aspects to this: the blue mobile and its punch, the figure and the separate layer of artefacts such as the H and the fire alarm button. For me it brings home the difficulty of showing much artwork in galleries. But somehow, the shadow of the mobile acts to suppress the distracting objects on the wall.

    That mobile is a strong piece of work with influences from masks. For me, the picture can’t help be but about the mobile.

    Comment by John Ellis — November 3, 2009 @ 07:30

  5. I agree with John here in that the picture seems to be about the mobile. Thus, I would like to see more careful positioning of both the mobile and its shadow. The figure is necessary, but the details of the figure are unimportant.

    You seem to be in a series of pictures with ambiguous subject matter.

    Comment by Colin — November 3, 2009 @ 12:57

  6. I get a sort of “but is it art?” feeling out of this — relating to Matt’s comment. The figure and items on the wall in that gallery setting are doing a good job of “pretending” to be exhibits — on a par with the mobile. The colors work well.

    Comment by Christina — November 8, 2009 @ 02:58

  7. Of course, the RGB color palette provides great fun and the shadow overlapping two additional elements in the composition is a superb touch. It’s impossibe for me to avoid seeing the entire scene as an exhibit. Who takes this fellow’s place, when he must have a break? I do wish the distraction on the right weren’t there, but I’m assuming that narrowness of the space somewhat dictated your point of view.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — November 14, 2009 @ 16:26

  8. I’m not so sure it’s working for me. Several strong elements – mobile, shadow, H, sleeper – but too many little distractions for me.

    Comment by doonster — November 17, 2009 @ 11:28


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