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 it.
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 Chamberlain's.
About a week passed before anyone noticed the addition to the exhibit, featuring such works as "Norma Jean Risen" and "The Privet."
"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.
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.
Re: You call that art?#26538 06/14/0305:53 PM06/14/0305:53 PM
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?.
Re: You call that art?#26542 06/15/0301:19 AM06/15/0301:19 AM