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Friday, May 27, 2016

Student's Modern Art Museum Glasses Prank

Buzzfeed article:  A teenage prankster has fooled scores of art lovers into believing his glasses were a modern masterpiece in a hilarious stunt at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

As someone who has spent years dedicating myself, first to becoming a musician...and now a visual artist...I am continually amazed by how easily some people are fooled by "art".

For some reason, the average person is not as easily fooled by what "music" is.

If someone takes musical instruments and simply smashes them with a sledge-hammer and stomps on them with their feet...very few might be convinced that it was "music"...or would consider spending money on a recording of it...or would rush to plunk down their hard earned moolah for a night at a "concert" of it.


And yet...for some reason the human eye/mind is more easily "tricked" by those in the "visual" arts.

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Photo from Buzzfeed article:

Give someone a canvas...and have them randomly toss paint at it...and far too many peeps will stand around and study it...searching for its "deeper" meaning.

Or if an "artist" goes to Toys-R-Us...buys a doll and smears it with...umm...whatever...and it winds up in a museum...a crowd (figurative and otherwise) will stand around and ooh and aah...and talk about how brave, daring and innovative the "artist" is.

Would any of us take the same approach with music?  Would we applaud a guy sitting at a coffee house making guttural grunts and noises, and pounding on a guitar without any strings...and talk about how meaningful and deep his "music" is??

This may happen in some circles...but for the large majority of us...this would be madness!

I even knew a fellow artist once, who vigorously argued the merits of an "artwork", when we were looking at a "painting" in which the artist had only painted the entire canvas an ugly, dark brown and then slashed a black scrawl across it with a large brush. 


Even later when some of the FAMOUS people creating this kind of "art" admit they are pulling a "joke" on the well-meaning art crowd...their status as an "artist" remains changed.

I'll NEVER understand it.

And I'm always telling everyone who will listen that  the King isn't wearing any clothes!!!

Photo from Buzzfeed article:
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To illustrate this point:

Buzzfeed has published a story about a teen, TJ Khayatan, 17, who was unimpressed by most of the modern "art" that he'd just seen at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

"Khayatan told BuzzFeed [...] that one example in particular puzzled them.

'We stumbled upon a stuffed animal on a gray blanket and questioned if this was really impressive to some of the nearby people,' he said.

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It was then that the teens decided to put a pair of glasses on the floor facing the room, to see how people would react."

According to the Buzzfeed article museum patrons were soon gathered around the "artwork"...some even taking photos of it.

"On Monday, Khayatan posted [pics of the stunt] to Twitter and got a very strong reaction from people. The pics quickly went viral, and have over 32,000 retweets and 36,000 likes to date."  [As of May 25, 2016] 

No doubt...there are some who are so committed to "modern" art...that this stunt (and Buzzfeed's article and THIS post about it) has enraged you.

To that I can only offer my deepest sympathies!

: ) 
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Thanks for stopping by!


Please come by my Show every Thursday all summer long...where I take a chain saw to a pile of stringed instruments.

Critics have described the "music" as simply "breathtaking"!!!!

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