Chewing in Venice

Chewing in Venice        
Simone Decker (b. 1968)
2 Series of 15 Photographs, 1999.

CROE: there are many in the series, but this one is my favorite
however, my first reaction was that it was ridiculous

TARBOT: ewwwwww
that’s not real gum is it?

CROE: i assumed it wasn’t
but i was really curious about such a gigantic sculpture was made to look like gum
i did some research. it actually IS real gum.
she put the gum close to the camera, and shot it to look big!

TARBOT: that’s fantastic.
what an odd… material to work with
I wonder where the inspiration came from
“My curator at the Venice Biennale told me a man came to him during the exhibition. He wanted to know if all the sculptures were installed within the city. He said that he had seen a few of the giant bubble-gum sculptures but wasn’t able to locate the rest.”

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Le Violon d’Ingres

Le Violon d’Ingres (Ingres’s Violin)        
Man Ray (1890 – 1976)
Photographic Print of Paint on a Photographic Print, 1924.

CROE: it’s like photoshop. before there was photoshop.

TARBOT: lol
interesting that she’s got a hat on
or a … turban
or something
classic female shape — good birthing hips
not entirely sure why those particular symbols

CROE: it’s like a violin…
also, the blurb suggests that the title, Le Violon d’Ingres, is a French idiom that means hobby, so playing the violin was Ingres’s hobby, and playing Ingres was the artist’s hobby…

TARBOT: ooh
I’m still confused by her hat
maybe she was having a bad hair day
and she insisted on wearing it
and he was like
*shrug * ok

CROE: especially given whatever activity they were likely partaking in immediately prior to the photo
i can see that her hair might not look at its best

TARBOT: hahahahaha
hahaha