Friday, February 22, 2013

Art Appreciation (Funny Bone Results #16)

I am feeling a bit of guilt this week because I have not posted a single time since my caption post on Monday. I try to blog at least once between these. I always hate to make excuses and I am not going to this time either except for one small detail. I am going to make an excuse.

I am down to the last two weeks of my class and I have been subbing more. So, I have been significantly busier this week and I expect the same for next week. I would promise to do better for next week, but I don't want to be a liar.

On to this week's picture - In Monday's post, I had a small rant about how I just don't appreciate some of the so-called art that is out there. I can appreciate talent even if I don't care for the piece. However, some "art" doesn't require any talent. A white canvas with a red square painted in the corner makes me sick when it is hanging on the wall of a museum. Sorry, they taught me how to do that in kindergarten.

The picture I supplied for the week was not that type of art. It is strange, but required an artist to create it. Here is the picture.

I asked my readers to provide a caption or try to explain the piece, but I gave them no information other than it was in Beijing.

Here is the little bit of info I do have about it. This sculpture is on display outside a cafe in the 798 art zone. The cafe used to be a machine tool factory. I know it's not much, but that all I could find.

Here are the submissions I received:

Addman of Muppets for Justice
The effort to teach children about the Tienanmen Square incident went a little off course...

Wily Guy of It's My mind!
Say Halo to My Lil Frien...

Not what she was expecting to see at the first diaper change.

As a professional artist, I think it's a satirical comment regarding neoclassical existentialism and its effect on postmodern humanism. LOL JK it's just a baby with a cock cannon. 

The artist was a 40 year old virgin and his inner child was tired of being repressed. One night after night after getting highly intoxicated, he commissioned this piece.
The inscription reads "Suck it world"

Sandee at Comedy Plus
I think he's just trying to take a dump.

ThePeachy1 of Being Peachy
"Don't act like no one told you YOUR life would REVOLVE around me,
get your a$$ up and feed me!"

"After finally and completely understanding the phallic stereo types, the entire male population of this country spent endless hours to create this commissioned piece that screams,
"we are not over compensating for anything!"

I think it resembles Chairman Mao and probably is meant to portray 
"Our children are born on the backs of communism."

Hestia's daughter
"Buddha for the modern age"

Stephen Hayes of The Chubby Chatterbox

"Sitting on a tank just isn't curing my hemorrhoids.
I think I'll go back to using Preparation H."

Brandie Boddie of Penning Praises

Hmm, I don't know. Let's ask that baby from Family Guy. Seems like something he'd commission. Or maybe that was the artist's inspiration.

"Are Chinese babies getting fatter,
or is that just a teeny-tiny tank due to budget cuts?"

After years of abuse ,that often included being denied bathroom privileges, at the hands of an over-oppressive military father, the artist became disillusioned with the world. The baby represents his self as an angry child and the tank represents his now empowered self.

The expression on the baby's face is clearly saying, "Pi$$ on you all!"

Winopants of Wino on a Ramble

"Baby penis go BOOM!"

I think the artist is trying to say that dictators need to wave their military might around to compensate for their fragile egos and tiny pee pees.

Thar she blows!


  1. Haha, some of those are hysterical! I agree with you on the pathetic "art" one can sometimes see. Then again, it's all in the eye of the beholder, right? Or maybe it's just a test to see who's pretending to be into art, but is really just a pretender?

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

    1. I've seen tests done where they take children or a horse and give them paint to create a picture and then sell them at auction for thousands.

  2. That child scares me. Some of the comments were hilarious :)

  3. If that piece is art then...well it's very poor art. I still say he's trying to take a dump.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

    1. I think it is a strange piece, but at least the baby is recognizable as a baby and the tank is a tank. It's almost become a game of who can get the grant.

  4. If you painted a red square on a white canvas when you were in kindergarten you are an artistic genius. I didn't tackle such a complicated concept until I was in my twenties. Squares don't exist in the natural world and non objective art is all about painting things not to be found in the real (natural) world.

    1. I may have shot my age down too low. The picture I have in mind was painted by an adult and it really was just a small square. The man might have even been really talented, but there was no evidence of it in that piece of work.

      I have no artistic ability whatsoever. If I could reproduce the piece, then I am not impressed.

  5. Love Alex's caption, and the diaper change one! What a hilarious yet disturbing statue...


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