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Old 06-24-2006, 09:18 PM
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Re: What is Sculpture?

I just don't know. Is this ooze also sculpture?

(Anyway, if you like to read about unexpected dramas installing unusual artworks, this is interesting.)

Slippery sculpture oozes into SFMOMA

Jim McKinney pulled his gleaming silver tanker truck to a stop in front of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art after a four-day drive from Petrolia, Pa., near where the first American oil wells were drilled in the 1850s.

His rig was laden with 1,600 gallons of liquid petroleum jelly for a 10-ton sculpture by artist Matthew Barney, who has made the greasy goop a prime ingredient in the shaping of his strange and alluring visual world. [snip]

The exhibition features 150 works from a dozen phases of the performance-installation piece Barney began in 1987 as a student at Yale, [snip]

The trucker was supposed to pump hot jelly into a sculptural mold in the fourth-floor galleries through a 300-foot, 4-inch black hose running up the stairs on the south side of the museum. Then the goop would cool for about 10 days before Barney and crew removed the mold and let the gelatinous pale-yellow mass spill out and come to rest in a form of its own making.

But a series of unexpected delays and mishaps stalled the jelly pour for two days, adding a little more drama to the undertaking. [snip]


Click here for this San Francisco Chronicle news article which has a few pictures.

It probably would attract interest because of its very large size. If it is small, it may look like molten jelly on my dinning table top.

On the other hand, wonder how the gallery after the show would remove this huge chunk of solid ooze, probably a bit sticky.
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