BWW Reviews: The Germ: Where Did That Idea Come From and Some Trickster Visual
The Germ: Where Did That Idea Come From and Some Trickster Visual.
Early Christo Communist Coverings, Kelly's Camouflage days, Serra Ship Structures a Son Sees? Noguchi Drawn in by "The Leonardo."
By Barry Kostrinsky
Christo Non-Jay-Z Wrapped Reichstag and President Reagan in Bronx streets of decay.
Christo's form can be seen as deriving from his forced voluntary work as a young art student in Bulgaria draping and bundling, wrapping and tying hay near the road for Capitalistic Orient Express riders-by to see and be impressed by the wealth and growth of the Communist Country in the 1940's. Retro Bulgarian boys bundle and wrap their calve leggings-Navushta style. Hitur Petur's a bad boy folk legend of the B's not G's hides his poor roots with tongue-tricked wit to deceive and make himself look large in Society. Sounds like an art world God and not just Bulgarian specific. Fake dress-up play is not so idyllic and brings to mind Reagan's painting the windows pretty in the Bronx circus circa 1980s.
What is the germination of an artistic idea and where does it spring from? Often these trails are left off the tour of art history. A few years ago I saw a great exhibit," The Ghost Army" in, of all places, Rockland County at the Historical Society. In the early 1940's special troops used visual tricks to make it look like tanks and troops were deployed to divert the enemy's attention and perception of the scale of the opponent.
ce ci n'est pas un Razzle Dazzle? Ellsworth Kelly, Study for Meschers, 1951, moma An inflatable tank designed to fool German soldiers
Ellsworth Kelly and a few others like Bill Blass (I'll leave the fashion for another day) can be seen as developing their visual form from these military projects. You can see Kelly's in the side panels and maybe premonitions of warped quadrilaterals to come. The tank evokes odd similarities with Oldenburg's soft sculpture and scale play.
Serra's work mixes well in this grouping of modified sea worthy forms
Was Richard Serra, the big steel guy for whom MOMA had a facelift, influenced by his dad being a ship builder?