Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Famous Black Blot

BabyBlue's Papasan has connections up at the North Pole and in her stocking this Christmas she unwrapped a mini-camcorder. Since then, she's been reading all the books that came with it in all the languages, as though preparing for exams (Papasan's first question usually is "Did you read the directions?"). Finally, she thought she'd might venture out into the City and try out the camcorder, learning where the on/off button is, where the zoom button is, and how to load the battery. The hardest part was finding a parking place.

She headed off to see the Hopper art exhibit at the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art and all was well - except once again she stood face to face with The Famous Black Blot.

Comments are very welcomed to help us understand - in our quest to Understand Modern Art - why this particular painting is hanging on the wall. We have come to love this painting and its painter. We even likes this artist sometimes - or at least this particular painting. But The Famous Black Blot (though it's become very much a like a tradition to pay one's respects when one visits the National Gallery of Art, in fact, it's become like an old relation one sees at select family gatherings but can't remember why) still remains a mystery and one that ought to be solved.

With that in mind, we present the first short film called The Famous Black Blot.

5 comments:

Toby said...

interesting choice of music . . . part of me is wondering about a hidden meaning to it all.

BabyBlue said...

hmmm ....

youknowwho said...

Hidden meaning? Nah. The architect, IM Pei, designed the entire building on the geometric theory of the isoceles triangle, which, as the museum was being built, infuriated the subcontractors, who were used to building square things and didn't have an isoceles pocket protractor that they could have bought at the office supply store if the had time, which they didn't because of cost overruns (does that have two r's?) and budget undercuts and taking double lunch breaks so they could go over to that other museum (the normal one) and decompress a little in a square box-like space while thinking of something they could do make their job easier, like jump in the tub of special-duty, high tensile-strength marble floor bonding material then roll around on one of the extra big canvas tarps normally used for other things, like protecting the marble flooring from the drips of the other subcontractors, who were standing around watching these first guys roll around on this big canvas, which is, in fact, the black blot that you see before you now, as filmed by bb demille, who apparently succeeded in locating the anti-jiggle feature, for which we give grateful gravitas-laden black and white thanks.

Anonymous said...

A lot of people have tried to understand this modern "Art"

Art+

Br_er Rabbit said...

Bravo!

Cecil B., eat your heart out.