Remember that scene from Fight Club where a bunch of the Project Mayhem members bring in a very dead Meat Loaf and explain how he was shot during an operation to destroy a piece of corporate art? Do you also remember what that piece of corporate art was?
Yeah, it was a giant sphere that they rolled into a Starbucks. And while it was awesome and did end with one of my favorite guilty pleasure singers of all time with a gaping head wound, I remember thinking at the time, “that is not art”.
Fast forward ten years to today when I walked out into my buildings atrium and noticed the giant piece of artwork that hangs from the third story all the way to the first floor. I stopped and stared at it, trying to figure out what the hell it looked liked. It took me a few minutes, staring at it’s shiny silver surface until I realized that it looked like a giant fish skeleton. Because nothing says “Welcome to Executive Towers, where we do business” like a giant metal abstract fish skeleton.
So it got me thinking of a lot of the corporate art I see when I walk into buildings downtown. And I came to the conclusion that referring to any of it as art is damn near an impossibility. Now I am all for abstract shapes and concepts, but when it looks like the artist took a giant piece of sheet metal and wrapped it into a cylinder and plopped it down in a marbled lobby, I can’t put that in the same category as say, the Mona Lisa.
I think the only thing more depressing to a creative mine than these giant instillations is hotel room art, and at least that has a frame around it…
~The Office Scribe
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