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From Lady Gaga to Storm King: It’s All Art…

12/09/2010
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It’s All Art: From Lady Gaga to Storm King…

“To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams.” Giorgio de Chirico

Lady Gaga at VMA via Getty Images

All Art: Lady Gaga performing... via scarlile

All Art: Adam sculpture by Alexander Liberman via Otie

The Arch by Alexander Calder via Storm King


Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance

2010 MTV Video Music AwardsMore VMA Video

I watched the Video Music Awards with my teens tonight and was quite impressed by the way Lady Gaga handled the event… Chelsea Handler (you gotta love her) did a great hosting job and kept things moving in a fresh and fun way, while Lady Gaga added her special brand of the fantastically entertaining. Of course, the icing on the cake was the fact that she walked away with eight awards including the coveted Moonman for Video of the Year for “Bad Romance.” Eminen won a few well deserved awards and Justin Bieber won for Best New Artist… Is he still considered new?

As for Lady Gaga, that eccentric, creative, stormy lady has come a long way since her salad days in NY, performing at rock concerts in Manhattan’s Lower Eastside; sometimes with performance artist Lady Starlight. I admire her gumption because, at least, she’s pushing the envelope at full tilt and damn the consequences. Add to it that she is talented and wears the most out-there clothes, excluding meat dresses, with a certain daring and NY swagger; I, for one, definitely like the lady and her music.

“I’m not an abstractionist. I’m not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.” Mark Rothko

Art: Storm King Wall by Andy Goldsworthy via ebmorse

Art: City On High Mountain by Louise Nevelson via Storm King

Mermaid by Roy Lichtenstein via Oberons Grove

Schunnemunk Fork by Richard Serra via Storm King



Storm King: Circling the sculptures part 1


Storm King: Circling the sculptures part 2

For some reason and please don’t even ask, as I watched her prance around on stage, I imagined her needing far more space than the confines of the event location could withstand… Where else, in the beautiful state of New York, can this outrageous creative creature spread her wings and still be relevant? Where would her sculptural, over the top outfits blend into the landscape and still be aesthetically beautiful?

As I thought about it, another show I watched today popped into my mind and, Voila! I could see the lady at the mountain… namely the beautifully landscaped, with enormous, sculptural art open air museum in Mountainville, NY – Storm King Art Center. Have you ever been to Storm King Art Center?

“Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.” Vincent Van Gogh

Reclining Figure by Henry Moore via Storm King

Threefold Manifestation II by Alice Ayncock via Watz


Iliad by Alexander Liberman via Storm King

Wavefield by Maya Lin via NYTimes


Maya Lin’s Wave Field

Known fondly and locally as Storm King, this remarkable 500 acres of undulating hills and beautifully positioned giant large-scale sculptures is home to some of the best outdoor artistic installations by both modern masters like Alexander Calder (the Arch), Henry Moore (Reclining Figure), Richard Serra (Schunnemunk Fork),, and Louise Nevelson (City on the High Mountain), and by contemporary sculptors such as Andy Goldsworthy (Storm King Wall), Alice Aycock (Three-Fold Manifestation II), Alexander Liberman (Adam), and Roy Lichtenstein (Mermaid); including the most recent addition of Maya Lin’s installation – “Storm King Wavefield.”

It’s a wonderful get away for a day filled with nature and art; beautiful, monumental art displayed in nature… Take a trip out there and perhaps, it will all make sense. You know, the Lady Gaga connection. Perhaps she could give an open air, outdoor performance with her magnificent wardrobe as installations. Enjoy!

How do you view artistic display? What ‘s your take on Lady Gaga? Storm King? The creative use of other outdoor spaces?
I would love to hear from you: Please leave me a comment. Thank You!

PHOTO CREDITS:
Lady Gaga performing … via scarlile ~ courtesy of SCarlile
Adam sculpture by Alexander Liberman via Otie ~ courtesy of Otie
Storm King Wall by Andy Goldsworthy via ebmorse ~ courtesy of EMorse
Mermaid by Roy Lichtenstein via Oberons Grove ~ courtesy of Oberons
Threefold Manifestation II by Alice Ayncock via Watz ~ courtesy of Watz
All other photos below ~ courtesy of <a href="~ courtesy of Storm King.org“>Storm King
City On High Mountain by Louise Nevelson via Storm King
Schunnemunk Fork by Richard Serra via Storm King”
Reclining Figure by Henry Moore via Storm King
Iliad by Alexander Liberman via Storm King
The Arch by Alexander Calder via Storm King ~ courtesy of Storm King.org
Search for Photos ~ courtesy of Google Images/Flickr

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank

10 Comments leave one →
  1. 13/09/2010 2:37 am

    cool post! I have to visit Storm King now. I live in Philadelphia where we have some of the most amazing sculpture, like The Thinker @ the Rodin museum, to Bolt of Lightning by Isamu Noguchi, which no one likes or ‘gets’. But my favorite sculptor is Claes Oldenburg who did the giant Clothespin on JFK Blvd. and just installed a humongous 3-way Plug at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s new Sculpture Garden. I’m looking forward to his next installation, Giant Paintbrush, near the PA Academy of Fine Arts. I guess you could say I prefer the whimsical sculpture.
    I like GAGA too, for her creativity as well as her voice.
    Thanks for the post!

    • 14/09/2010 4:37 am

      Philly is such an amazing place for the arts. Think back to the days of The Philly Sound and all the incredibly talented people who have come out of the area. If you are in our area and want to travel up to Storm King, let me know as it is near me. 🙂

  2. Bree permalink
    13/09/2010 12:54 pm

    Loved this one especially as Lady Gaga did an awesome job at the vma’s yesterday. Storm King has been on my mind of late and I think its time to visit.
    I love the connection you make to both; expansive, creative, larger than life. It would be great for her to perform there. Fun and upbeat post.

    • 14/09/2010 4:35 am

      I thought so too about Lady Gaga. Of course, the latest on her is the meat dress hoopla which isn’t about meat.
      I think it was the PBS program on Sunday Arts NY that got me thinking about Gaga and Storm … LOL! I love Storm King as a place to visit with the kids and also as a creative retreat from the hustle and bustle of life. If you ever want to visit, let me know as it isn’t far from me. 🙂

  3. Bree permalink
    15/09/2010 9:20 am

    What was with that meat dress anyway? That made me want to gag! Lady gaga is pushing that envelope a bit too hard!

    • 20/12/2010 1:43 pm

      As a veggies eater… I can’t imagine what the smell was like. lol! 🙂

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