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15 July 2005 @ 12:40 pm
So back to that Art topic I was on about after watching Hero last week...

I didn't answer my own question. What modern art has inspired me? A lot of this may not survive 1,000 years, but I thought it was a good exercise anyway...

1. The plastic bag scene in American Beauty

2. Ascending and Descending by Escher

3. "...Walls come down, while racism peaks..." from Saigon Kick's "Love of God"

4. "I Love the World" written by New World Army and introduced to me by way of an Anacrusis remake:
The roll of distant thunder breaks
The afternoon of silence wakes
We hurry through from Petergate
As if we know this dance
With fury blind I drive at night
Across the moors the open roads
Beneath the freezing starry skies
Racing in some trance
These cities are illusions of
Some triump over Nature's laws
We've seen the iron carcass rust
And Buildings topple into dust
And as the waters rise it seems
We cling to all the rootless things
Religious lies
While spirits scream and sing
Oh God I love the World I love the World I love the World I love the World
I love the world I love the world I love the world I love the world
While I never said I was a clever man
I know enough to understand
That the endless leaps and forward plans
Will someday have to cease
We blind ourselves with comfort lies
Like lightning never strikes you twice
I laugh at your amazed surprise
As the ark begins to sink
This temple that we've built so well
To separate us from ourselves
is a power grown beyond control and a will without a face
I watch from outside
and wish
I could wash my hands of this
But we are locked together here in this bitter sweet embrace
Oh God I love the world
Then one day the final fire
Explodes across the whitened sky
I know you said you'd rather die
And make it over fast
With courage from your bravest friends
Waiting outside for the end
Not with bitterness but an innocence
That I can't seem to grasp
I know somehow I will survive
This fury just to stay alive
So drunk with hunger weak with pain
I can walk the hills one last time
Scarred and smiling, dying slow
I'll scream to no one left at all
i told you so
I Told You So

5. Broken Sword's 2 words from Hero.

Those are the 5 that most immediately popped into my head. I know I've Moments with many, many other things. I'd love to be able to pinpoint what it is that I think is missing, because I don't think I've done it yet.

My greatest inspirations - lyrics, scenes in movies - probably won't last 1,000 years, which makes me wonder... how much of the truly profound art we do not have of the Minoans, the Babylonians, the Egyptians (and more modern peoples like the Greeks, Romans, etc. etc. )...
Current Mood: blathering
Zen_Cowboyjakeaidan on July 15th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)
Amazed moments in art
I'm limiting it to things that have touched or inspired me that were created in my lifetime.

The music video to "Everybody Hurts" by REM

The performance of Roberto Benigni in La Vita e Bella (Life is Beautiful)

Mystere performed at the Treasure Island Casino in Las Vegas

Queen's "Save Me" and "I want to Break Free"

The musical "Rent"

For things done before my time....

Stage coach at Louveciennes by Pissarro


Eternal Idol by Rodin

Kburgunder on July 16th, 2005 12:31 am (UTC)
Re: Amazed moments in art
I still need to see Rent. I love what I've heard from it.
floiterfloiter on July 15th, 2005 10:20 pm (UTC)
Like all these things, I guess it depends on what you consider to be modern, and what you consider to be art.

I love Rodins sculptures. I count myself fortunate to have been in the US (and in Raleigh) back in 2000, when the North Carolina Museum of Art hosted an exhibition of 130 well-known sculptures by Rodin, including The Thinker and The Kiss. Simply amazing.

For photography, I just love Robert Doisneau. I saw an exhibition of his work in Oxford several years ago, which just blew me away. An industrial photographer, employed by Renault, he also captured the most amazing pictures of everyday life (including his (in)famous "Le Baiser du trottoir") as well as building his own cameras to produce some staggeringly experimental pictures. For someone more recent, I also love the work of Pete Seaward (check out his website).

Music? Steve Reichs Piano Phase, or Drumming, or Six Marimbas (sorry, I just love this stuff). Or Dark Side of the Moon from Pink Floyd - the soundtrack of my youth - which really was revolutionary in its time :)
Kburgunder on July 16th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
I saw an exhibit of Rodin in Brugge, Belgium. Almost all were reproductions but it was still very cool. I got interested in Rodin when I discovered that he was the originator of the (paraphrased) "I don't carve, I just take away what wasn't supposed to be there" quote, which I've always felt was at the heart of Taoism's Uncarved Block notion.

I'm a big drums and fire kinda girl, so I'll have to check out Six Marimbas.
floiterfloiter on July 16th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
Six Marimbas may not be your thing then ... its *very* mellow indeed. Its all about interweaving rhythms and the creation of phasing and counterpoint effects. Basically all six play the same repeating phrase, over and over, but slowly one will drift "out of time", or into a slightly different phrase for a period, before merging back again. The result is mesmerising.