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Mark di Suvero, works and the man, in Millennium Park – Chicago

04/15/2007

Who’s the guy chilling in Millennium Park?


Why, it’s the artist himself – Mark di Suvero. He’s up when there’s work to be done.






You load sixteen tons, and whadya get? Yoga is the name of the sculpture.
It features a (moving in the wind) Pantheon-like oculus. These heavy, heavy beams turn gracefully in the wind.


Mark di Suvero.

His works are going up in Millennium Park. In the Boeing (outdoor) Galleries. 5 of them.

Three went up today, the one above, and Shang

and Rust Angel


I like the color. It goes with the colorful faces on the Crown Fountain; and color is always welcome in the park.

All of the di Suvero’s are on access with Cloud “The Bean” Gate, which is a fine juxtaposition. Metal/metal, but highly polished/not and sensuous curves/industrial and harder lines. Each informs the other and helps you appreciate it.

Another difference is, “the Bean” is extremely photogenic. di Suvero’s works are not. You have got to experience them. You must walk through them, and touch them, and then they talk to you – or sometimes they sing adn make music. They tell you how they’re constructed and how what looks so heavy can also float and how they don’t have a center point where you think it might be. What’s not there is as important as what is. Their raw, visceral, sweet power looks great in Millennium Park. I’ll write more about them soon.

And you’re supposed to have fun with them.


Watching them go up today was even sexy. It was such beautiful weather I had to pull myself away from the park. Two more go up tomorrow.

They’ll be there for nearly a year. Lucky us.
-E

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05/05/2006

Kapoor, Einstein, Michelangelo and Mies

I said, the other day that Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” in Millennium Park bends light and space, a la Einstein. And it does. But it also bends time. When you walk up to it, you’re looking for yourself (isn’t that what art is all about?) and there’s a moment when you can’t find yourself, and you’re lost, and then as you get a little closer, you regain your Self; but in that momentary lapse, when You were gone, time stopped. That’s my Theory of How we Relate to Our Selves.


See them pointing? They found themselves, (their Selves?) happily.

And the second thing I want to relate, is…

Michelangelo said, to sculpt, take a block of marble, and take away what doesn’t need to be there. Mies, in his buildings, took away what didn’t need to be there. No pitched roof, no window frames, etc. Michelangelo learned from the Greeks. Early Greeks sculpted by first carving in from the front, then carving in from the side, until the two met. Look at 860 – 880 Lake Shore Drive, by Mies.

Wish I had a better picture, but – see how one is frontal and one is a side view? Then, you put them together in your mind.

So much of Mies is about – how buildings are made. I’ve seen how when moving around his buildings an open becomes a solid. Or approaching a work of his, first (sequentially) you are given a floor, then columns, then walls, then a roof; in the way buildings are made. And I’ve stood in front of his buildings and my subconscious mind (in a Seurat kind of way) has filled in the pitched roof, the window frames, the door, the chimney, that are burned into our minds from before we were kids and drew houses like that.*

I’ve certainly stood at 860-880 Lake Shore Drive and wondered at how the two boxes relate to each other and play off of each other so magically.

But I’d never realized that they’re two views of one object, one frontal, and one side view, that the architect will resolve, but never does. And so it remains endlessly fascinating.

* A scientist once said that the Pantheon in Rome knocks us out in its simplicity because it’s just that – it’s the way we draw houses as kids – with three basic shapes – a circle, a square and a triangle.


That’s a very, very, very fine house,
-Edvard.

05/05/2006

Kapoor, Einstein, Michelangelo and Mies

I said, the other day that Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” in Millennium Park bends light and space, a la Einstein. And it does. But it also bends time. When you walk up to it, you’re looking for yourself (isn’t that what art is all about?) and there’s a moment when you can’t find yourself, and you’re lost, and then as you get a little closer, you regain your Self; but in that momentary lapse, when You were gone, time stopped. That’s my Theory of How we Relate to Our Selves.


See them pointing? They found themselves, (their Selves?) happily.

And the second thing I want to relate, is…

Michelangelo said, to sculpt, take a block of marble, and take away what doesn’t need to be there. Mies, in his buildings, took away what didn’t need to be there. No pitched roof, no window frames, etc. Michelangelo learned from the Greeks. Early Greeks sculpted by first carving in from the front, then carving in from the side, until the two met. Look at 860 – 880 Lake Shore Drive, by Mies.

Wish I had a better picture, but – see how one is frontal and one is a side view? Then, you put them together in your mind.

So much of Mies is about – how buildings are made. I’ve seen how when moving around his buildings an open becomes a solid. Or approaching a work of his, first (sequentially) you are given a floor, then columns, then walls, then a roof; in the way buildings are made. And I’ve stood in front of his buildings and my subconscious mind (in a Seurat kind of way) has filled in the pitched roof, the window frames, the door, the chimney, that are burned into our minds from before we were kids and drew houses like that.*

I’ve certainly stood at 860-880 Lake Shore Drive and wondered at how the two boxes relate to each other and play off of each other so magically.

But I’d never realized that they’re two views of one object, one frontal, and one side view, that the architect will resolve, but never does. And so it remains endlessly fascinating.

* A scientist once said that the Pantheon in Rome knocks us out in its simplicity because it’s just that – it’s the way we draw houses as kids – with three basic shapes – a circle, a square and a triangle.


That’s a very, very, very fine house,
-Edvard.