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#26533 - 06/14/03 07:53 AM You call that art?
Electricmanscott Offline

Registered: 01/12/02
Posts: 1478
Loc: Holden, MA USA
Electricians try their hand at abstract art

By Associated Press, 6/13/2003

BEACON, N.Y. (AP) The phrase, "I could do that" is often heard at
modern art museums.

Some electricians working at the Dia:Beacon museum tried to prove

After viewing abstract sculptures by John Chamberlain crafted with
materials such as crushed automobile parts, a group of
electricians created their own work and placed it alongside

About a week passed before anyone noticed the addition to the
exhibit, featuring such works as "Norma Jean Risen" and "The

"We saw some artwork upstairs," David Vega, the group foreman,
told radio station WNYT in an interview to be aired this weekend.
"We tried to imitate it see how long they'd take to find it.

"And a couple of guys who were walking about, around it, they
didn't even notice it," he said. "It was just for fun."

Workers setting up the exhibit discovered and removed the piece
before Dia:Beacon opened to the public May 18, said Amy Weisser,
the museum's assistant director.

"The electricians made a sculpture, an homage to John's work," she
said. "When the art installers saw it, they knew it wasn't John's
work. This was something that wasn't mistaken as a work of art by
anyone other than the electricians."

The museum threw away the electricians' sculpture.

The Dia:Beacon occupies a restored printing plant on the Hudson
River, 60 miles north of New York City.

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#26534 - 06/14/03 08:21 AM Re: You call that art?
mamills Offline

Registered: 11/30/01
Posts: 739
Loc: Wharton, Texas, USA
"...crushed automobile parts..."

Big hairy deal...I see that every day in the fire service. For my money, I'd rather see the electricians' work.

Mike (mamills)

#26535 - 06/14/03 08:26 AM Re: You call that art?
BuggabooBren Offline

Registered: 11/15/01
Posts: 336
Loc: NM
I agree! Gee, I wish they'd at least taken a picture of it!

#26536 - 06/14/03 09:16 AM Re: You call that art?
ElectricAL Offline

Registered: 10/10/01
Posts: 615
Loc: Minneapolis, MN USA
T'ain't nuthin speshull. . .I mowed my grass just the other day and found two of these skullchers on cinder block stands. . .
Al Hildenbrand

#26537 - 06/14/03 11:52 AM Re: You call that art?
Roger Offline

Registered: 05/18/02
Posts: 1779
Loc: N.C.
Pardon Me, our brothers create a work of art just to be shuned by those whose nose altitude rival the poles we set.

Let me see, didn't a well known (ahem) artist stack up a bunch of soup cans once. The skill of that couldn't compare to what I can only (I'm sure subpar in my imagination) dream these "electrician artist" created.

Hey, really, this would be a great new category.


#26538 - 06/14/03 03:53 PM Re: You call that art?
BuggabooBren Offline

Registered: 11/15/01
Posts: 336
Loc: NM
After tossing the electricians' work of art out I wonder if they ever thought how their own precious pieces would look in the dark?

#26539 - 06/14/03 04:15 PM Re: You call that art?
ga.sparky56 Offline

Registered: 11/24/02
Posts: 582
Loc: young harris georgia usa
Had a coon dog that died from eating an artist's modeling clay.

I wouldn't have traded 'ol Ben for all the paintings and sculptures the guy had in his studio.

'Ol Ben with his front paws on the tree,tree-barking his heart out, now that was art.


#26540 - 06/14/03 04:58 PM Re: You call that art?
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA
I wonder if it looked something like this:

or this:

Pictures by Alan 2002 >> 'old' thread


#26541 - 06/14/03 09:36 PM Re: You call that art?
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Cool pics Bill,
But, you have to ask the question, what is ART?.
How is one piece art and another NOT?
Remember when that guy in the UK won that big art prize for his exhibition called "Lights going on and off again" and that's art, eh?.
If you can make a top selling art-work out of a crushed car or so forth, it makes you wonder about these arty people,what are they seeing, that we don't?.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#26542 - 06/14/03 11:19 PM Re: You call that art?
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA

Years ago I had close daily contact with some various forms of art including a large number of Picasso items, (Paintings and Sculptures). I don't think I want to see what he was seeing ...


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