|The fluid is black oil. The facial features unmistakable. What do you think the artist is saying about public "treatment?"|
|The first work I saw, I was floored.|
|I was so wanting to talk to someone about the antlers? I have a few thoughts on it. Lets debate.|
|Notice the black soap and the white? Direct dichotomy of color? The heart is?|
|A Battle for Life and Respect?|
|I so want to speak to the artist! Carrying self. Shackled/tied and immobilized.|
|Blood Red -- A fight for life?|
|The blood drips into the cleaning bucket. This was chilling standing in its aura!|
|The amazing artist. Public art? Communal accusations?|
|The material and color, I didn't do it justice.|
|You can see the depth as if it is jumping out at you. In person, the effect was so wild. Had to try to capture it. How did I do?|
|Much larger then it appears in the photograph. Scroll down for the full reveal.|
|A Star in the East. A Child is Born?|
|A holy Child is born!|
|There is a sense of contemplation, comfort and resolution/acceptance?|
|Magnificent. The artwork in the background is the piece I mentioned above about 4' tall.|
|The Mississippi. Bridges public art?|
|Bridge Walkway to Casino on the Mississipi. Escher!!!|
|The Mighty Mississippi!|
When I arrived at 225 W. 2nd the first glimpse of the Figge and its glass building portended what was about to occur me. I walked to the front and stood looking at myself in the glass. My image altered. And the short time there affected my internal image. I was not expecting such mind altering art. Alison Saar, artist of the African art above, I want to interview you! I love when I run into unexpected emotional interaction with art. I mean, that is the point right? You Figge'n Rock!!!
I took over 100 pictures while at the Figge. Trying to not put all 100 here was a great struggle. Ms. Saar, what else do you have for us hungry souls looking for more than flaccid art! We art lovers looking for art that brings us to that point of personal internal confrontation? Make us struggle, and hurt, feel guilt or pity, exploring emotions untapped or even unknown to us. We humans that watch American Idol and MTV foolishness. So afraid of engaging life, we hide among the vapidness of "entertainment." Not you Ms. Saar. Your voice ringing loud and clear. You are engaged and challenge us to do the same.
Anyone near the Figge, anyone that has a desire to see powerful work -- get up! Drive, run, walk, bus, fly whatever...get to the Figge and see this. Take a friend, share (public art) communicate, express your emotions and dig deep. And for holy sake turn off the idiot box and walk into a world waiting to give you so much more. If you can't get to the Figge, then go to a museum near you. Every place I have stopped along this journey has delivered such surprise. I am sure, right next to you, is an amazing adventure awaiting. Ahhhh public art. I want to devour all of you.
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