Reaction to selections from the ePhoenix Art Gallery

Today’s post comes in two poems that showcase my reaction to several paintings from the Phoenix Art Museum‘s online gallery. I know its a lot of links, but the poems read better if you’ve seen the paintings.

1. Stretch

Kelly Mclane
Big Gen X, 2004

We are stark (two-toned/ a tympani)
Not what you think (forget the black and white)
Balance high over our world (we made it/ too small)
We’re torn (we can only hear to one side)
Between the spaces of our youth (falling)
And the spaces of our wire frame (it can’t hold water)
Take a minute (it’s all we have)
To count the smudges (we’ll wait/ we’ve learned that much)
That have become our life

2. The Spaces Between

Philip C. Curtis

The Concert, 1960 / The Game, 1976

Stand apart
separate focus
ostensibly identical goals
rule of polite people
above all

After Dinner Speakers, 1974

Now remain apart
an idea per table
breaches the rule
to be heard
above all

The Fight, 1961

Impractically apart
new rule of anger
handed down
polite string master
from above all

The Lift, 1972

Lost apart
can’t find it
hold on to separate focuses
before we become human
riding here
above all

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2 thoughts on “Reaction to selections from the ePhoenix Art Gallery

    • In some cases, maybe. But emuseums can also be a way of showing people what’s out there and getting them intrested in going. I actually am not a big fan of the traditional museum going experience. I’m referring to walking around an empty room, with a “be quiet and don’t touch” mantra etched into my brain, staring at out-of-context paintings with tiny, hard-to-read, useless placards. This is changing in many museums but it’s still what many people expect. Finding out a museum has changed with the times enough to create an online gallery, tells me that going there may be a better experience.

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