“Your Kids Don’t Want Your Stuff”, the Whitney Biennial, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

Funny, when I was a kid I did want my parents’ stuff. Bob did too. Funnier still, all this time I’ve congratulated myself on saving it for the next generation, thinking they’d be so grateful to have family  mementos (I was wrong).

— Can you tell what these details are part of?

Let’s zoom out for a different perspective  — they’re details from artist Joel Otterson’s pieces at the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

It was right about 100 years ago that Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp started using “found objects” as art, and neither art nor the way we view objects has been the same since.  In New York this week, both the MoMA’s and the Whitney’s current exhibitions showcase several contemporary artists working with found materials. In these examples, the artist used flea-market glassware, curtains, a quilt, old tools, and a collection of jewelry to assemble work that’s as witty as it is gorgeous.

Hoarders take heart! If we can just find the right artist, there’s hope for a new life, a wink, and big smile for our pass-along stuff.

"187 Bottoms Up", 2013 - Joel Otterson

Here’s a better look at the “Bottoms Up” chandelier, with the curtain of necklaces in the background. (I want!)

“Curtains Laced with Diamonds Dear for You”, 2014 – Joel Otterson

And one more close look, “Curtains Laced with Diamonds Dear for You”, 2014 – Joel Otterson

Related links:

For more on the Photo Challenge: Perspective, click here.

And for the Whitney Biennial, click here.

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8 thoughts on ““Your Kids Don’t Want Your Stuff”, the Whitney Biennial, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

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    • What a good eye you have, I didn’t even think about Chihuly (the old glassware makes these a less squiggley than most of the Chihuly’s though) — there was a blue and green bottoms-up chandelier at the Whitney show too. Cushions are a good idea. I’m still agog at the idea of a shop at the dump. I’m going to find somewhere to propose that here.

      • If you do a search on ‘reverse garbage trucks’ and ‘reverse art trucks’ you will see different models run by other councils. One that i used to go to in Melbourne over 30 years ago redistributed waste from local factories and shops as well. You subscribed & could get trolleys full of great things for art projects like rolls of lolly wrappers, fabric offcuts, weaving cones and odd buttons etc. Not good for recovering hoarders though!

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