Liza Eliano and I stopped by Occupy Wall Street yesterday and we picked up a copy of the first edition of the Occupied Wall Street Journal. A four-page broadsheet, the back had a funny map marking that made us laugh out loud. “Art / Signs” are marked with a ♥ but Abstract Expressionist sculptor Mark di Suvero‘s “Joie de Vivre” (2006?) is marked with the term “Weird Red Thing” — LOL!
When the sculpture was unveiled in 2006, di Suvero told the Downtown Express:
“It’s not an X,” the sculptor no less genially- explosively corrected this writer during a telephone interview. “There’s no X in it! It’s a series of tetrahedrons that are open at the ends. Yes, of course I call it a piece. A sculpture. Yes, of course it can be taken apart and put back together. That’s what’s unique about these pieces [his life’s work]: They can be disassembled.”
The newspaper goes on to explain how it came to settle in the park:
The piece, the sculpture, “Joie de Vivre,” was given to New York City “by Aggie Gund and her husband” – Agnes Gund, president of the Museum of Modern Art, and lawyer husband Daniel Shapiro. Its earlier Manhattan location had been in Tribeca at the rotary of the Holland Tunnel.
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They don’t say it’s ugly, they say it’s “weird.” That’s good right!
it’s useful, humorous, irreverent, witty and generates cultural discourse in a most democratic way. A classic expression of joi de vivre, one might say. Brilliant. <3
They aren’t calling it ugly; that’s your interpretation of “weird thing.” Weird things are awesome! I am an artist and I like it when people call my work “weird.” Weird can be a compliment.
i think joie de vivre should actually be the symbol of the occupation/revolution. well, at least a graphic representation of it. and not the one they use in the paper. how they get a dot with an x through it i’ll never know. i was thinking something more along the lines of two orange arrows pointing – one up and one down – into each other. maybe with a white circle around the area of intersection. on a purple background. actually, now that i think about it, theirs isn’t that far off from my idea. they’re just missing the vertical axis. i also think we should rename it “consensus.” i think di suvero would approve. 🙂
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