Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Spiders

As a way of apologizing for my earlier Gary Coleman post, allow me to combine two of the more favored topics of this blog: Spiders and Art.

Please to enjoy Alexander Calder's The Spider, with description provided by my place of employment...
Most famous among Calder's revolutionary contributions to modern art were his mobiles, ceiling-hung, free-floating assemblages of curving armatures and biomorphic shapes, first developed in the late 1920s. About ten years later he started to combine the compositional idea of the mobile with standing bases, as in The Spider. His use of bases literally brought the lyrical movement and balletic grace of the mobiles down to earth, in the viewer's own space.
Despite the stark black-and-white coloration of The Spider, it's primary effect is lightness and delicacy, combining leaf-like appendages with long legs or branches. Immediate connotations include both multi-legged insects (hence, the title) and willowy plants.


13 comments:

Jennifer said...

A spider I can love.

fish said...

I have no idea how that is supposed to be used as a phone.

Another Kiwi said...

Good innit, like a wave and that.

merc said...

Awe.

Smut Clyde said...

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO MY GOLF CLUBS!!??

Smut Clyde said...

A spider I can love.
Wait for the animated version.

Another Kiwi said...

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO MY GOLF CLUBS!!??
If you leave stuff lying around at Riddled office, things will happen.

merc said...

I been lyin' round the office for weeks, nobody picked me up.

Another Kiwi said...

I told you Merc, this is a place of taste and refinement. The lion suit unsettles people.

merc said...

Ahem, Bear suit.

hydiv, you're for it!

tigris said...

There's not much hotter than a man in a fur suit. Unless it's actually on fire.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Zombies LOVE Calder.

Sebastia said...

Or somebody's attempt at manufacturing a surround sound speaker system that got out of hand.