“Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.” Alfred Hitchcock
All of life is in constant dialogue. From our every day conversations with each other, to the display of art to compare or to contrast technique or form, we are surrounded by sounds and images that convey messages. As I thought about this exercise, I had the desire to run out and capture shots that would highlight this constant juxtaposition of sight and sound in artistic dialogue. I wanted to show how the mundane and profane occupy space in our world; sometimes with great difficulty.
Alas, time is my enemy and I can only show you this series and I hope you find meaning in them. The above is striking in its message of artistic infinity; the Keith Haring shots were from the Brooklyn Museum and upper Manhattan; the black and white squares from the Met Museum and the zigzag from my head band. Remember the famous “crack is whack”? Are the above sharing space or competing?
The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you’re talking about building a house, you’re talking about dreams. Robert A. M. Stern
In the above, I had to bring in art that finds function near places of work or residences. The red Alexander Calder installations are huge yet they can be found in major cities in the middle of active, busy people living their lives. The smaller red Calder is in Chicago and the bigger one is at Storm King in New York. To reflect, literally, Stern’s comment about home, I thought The Bean in all its majesty is reflecting both people and buildings. Have you seen any of the above? What were your first impressions? Calder’s red structure is powerful and The bean is complex… But tell me your thoughts.
“Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.” Jane Goodall
I love the playfulness of this next set of artistic dialogue pieces. If you noticed, that happy cow on the right is alive and well … at Stone Barn Farm in Westchester County. The other metal one is not, but brings great value too because it was auctioned off to help children in Vermont. The woman (a Henry Moore) is giving the finger but, I can assure you, not to the three legged Buddha who remains serene even when life becomes unbelievably complicated that words can’t express it well… In all dialogue, there is the unspoken:Sometimes we hear it clearly and, at other times, we might have to listen with an inner ear; intuitively. What do these photos say to you?
“When you’re with your wife, you don’t say I love you to your wife every day but the ways you look at her and your actions are another way to communicate. Don’t focus on dialogue, only focus on what you’re expressing.” Michel Hazanavicius
In all conversations, there is some form of repetition. We use words we like; we reference memories and examples we hold dear; and we return to the familiar. Perhaps that is why artists, as per my adaptation of Michel’s comment above, don’t focus on dialogue, they only focus on what they’re expressing; they choose a style or a particular form and spend their lives perfecting it. n’est pas? Your turn! Thank you for stopping by. I’ll return the visit soon…
This post was inspired by a Daily Post Prompt: Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue This week, bring together two of your photos into dialogue. What do they say to each other? Photos of the same subject from different perspectives. Photos with similar color palettes, textures, or geometric shapes. A before-and-after or cause-and-effect composition.
Positive Motivation Tip: All of life is in constant dialogue. Sometimes we hear it clearly and, at other times, we might have to listen with an inner ear; attentively
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: from my Personal Collection.