Tuesday, February 22, 2005

The Gates

I went to Central Park today on my way to school. After all the talk of, “is that really art?” I wanted to see Christo’s Gates for myself. I’m pretty liberal with my definition of art. If it’s a physical manifestation of someone’s creativity, it’s art to me. I don’t like when people confuse art with skill, though. Sometimes I wonder if portraits hanging in some museums are art. They are most definitely skillful, but are they art? Erm--maybe not to me. Unless, of course, I can justify the portrait or religious scene as the way that person perceived the situation. But it’s still iffy to me.
I didn’t know if I’d like the Gates, but I didn’t doubt its legitimacy as art. Christo had a vision and he shaped it into something sensual. So I went to partake in this great debate everyone around me was discussing. The Gates are an acquired taste, I decided. My initial reaction was that the color was so hideous I couldn’t look past it. By the time I was halfway through my walk, I couldn’t stop smiling. The Gates made me happy. And it wasn’t because I actually got a piece from one of those ladies with the tall poles topped with tennis balls.
The Gates are a bright, ugly shade of orange. They are boxy and not too aesthetically pleasing. But they sway with the wind, they don’t fit in, and they are the brightest looking things in Central Park in the middle of February. I totally love the Gates.

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Blogger D.B. Cooper said...

they're just orange schmattes! ORANGE SCHMATTES!!!

the real masterpiece – one that has been largely overlooked – is central park itself! it is a work of art that cultivates nature, rather than conquering it. while these steel and pvc gates – which were fabricated in industrial and petrochemical plants – signify man's triumph over nature. that is why the New York Sun befittingly labels this work "neo-oppressionist."

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 9:59:00 PM  

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Blogger elder punk of zion said...

get your head checked out!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 10:02:00 PM  

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Blogger BrownsvilleGirl said...

Oh please, Coops! I am the first one to say mah rabu masecha HaShem when I see something beautiful in nature and you should know that. Furthermore, I think you should reread what you wrote and understand that that's part of it. A bunch of orange shmattas, some metal, and you have this magnificently hideous structure spanning the walkway of the park that just adds so much life and vitality to the deadly wintered park. And Central Park on its own is something I love, too.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 10:14:00 PM  

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