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“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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Art in grafitti

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Art in graffiti

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Art in Convex

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Art in Complex forms

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Art in Conversation

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Art in Conversation

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?
More below!

“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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Art in Contrast

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue Art in Contrast

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.

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

40 Comments leave one →
  1. 31/08/2014 2:21 pm

    Sheesh WordPress! Nothing got syndicated! 🙁 Happy Labor Day to all!

  2. 31/08/2014 3:03 pm

    Hi Eliz, after all these years you have so many wonderful things to post about. You also did a great job above. How you manage to do it all is beyond me, the dedication you have is very focused. I admire you. Always will, Jackie 🙂

    • 31/08/2014 5:19 pm

      You’re a sweetheart Jackie. I’ve taken quite a chunk of time off in the last year and a half, due to health reasons. I miss the daily grind of churning out posts; the mind is willing but the body demands attention and rest. Always glad to hear from you and Wishing you a happy holiday weekend! 🙂

  3. 31/08/2014 3:07 pm

    Beautiful artwork!

  4. 31/08/2014 3:11 pm

    You have shown some interesting dialogues here.

  5. 31/08/2014 3:22 pm

    I love the cows best of all. And yes. Much of dialogue interactions are the wordless kind. Great quotes.

  6. Paula Parker permalink
    31/08/2014 3:47 pm

    Quotes and art, it can’t get better than this blog! Enjoyed my visit.

  7. 31/08/2014 4:23 pm

    Those are some really nice pieces of Art. The 3 legged buddha is really neat. Would love to see that in person.

  8. 31/08/2014 5:04 pm

    I’ve been to “the bean” in Chicago. I probably took 100 photos and when I go back I will probably take 100 more.

    • 31/08/2014 5:23 pm

      Fantastic! Chicago is one of my favorite cities to visit and I believe it is also one if the friendliest too. Share some of your Bean shots sometime.

  9. Ben Butler permalink
    31/08/2014 6:42 pm

    These are some really cool art pieces! I really like the sculpture of the three legged giant standing on its own head.

  10. 31/08/2014 6:50 pm

    Art speaks to us uniquely. Each person somehow creates a dialogue and interpretation with every Art piece in a personal level. Beauty of Art not only how it was made or designed but how much it creates an impact to each of its viewer. Thanks for today’s wonderful inspiration.

  11. 31/08/2014 7:16 pm

    Great post… the art “dialogue” and quote… love it.. 🙂

  12. mom4jules permalink
    31/08/2014 8:55 pm

    How artistic and beautiful! Thanks for sharing

  13. joyfulgiftsbyjulie permalink
    31/08/2014 11:06 pm

    I love the piece that I’ll call “The Red Giraffe”. The images on the walls make my dizzy though. lol Great artwork and quotes!

  14. 01/09/2014 12:19 am

    i love this post. i did’t come here for a while, but i feel always confortable after . Here is a great source of inspiration for me so thank you elisabeth 🙂 have a very nice week. many blessings from paris

  15. Katherine Rose Coronel- Rivera permalink
    01/09/2014 2:26 am

    I like the dialogue art in graffiti, looks very amusing to my eyes!

  16. 01/09/2014 6:00 am

    I’ve been to The Bean and I love it! Where else in the world will you find people making faces, doing handstands, and trying other ways too to get great photo opps (while having fun)??

  17. Jess S. (@loveforlacquer) permalink
    01/09/2014 6:05 am

    Stunning photos!!

  18. michele d permalink
    01/09/2014 6:52 am

    Wow! That is some amazing art work. Love all the designs and textures. People take art for granted at times. It really does amaze me. Thanks for your post.

  19. Melissa Smith permalink
    01/09/2014 7:23 am

    Those are all great shots! I particularly love looking at graffiti. Those that do it & consider themselves artists do some amazing work!

  20. 01/09/2014 8:23 am

    IT’s amazing how beautiful art can be sometimes.

  21. Mrs. Mashed Up permalink
    01/09/2014 8:23 am

    I love street art. That massive structure (red) is awesome! And that man flipped on his head is freaky–but cool. lol

  22. Catherine S permalink
    01/09/2014 11:04 am

    All the pictures are great. I really like the cow and it is nice they are going to auction off the metal one to help kids.

  23. 01/09/2014 11:32 am

    Wonderful thought provoking post Eliz! Wow look at all your Facebook shares too! Incredible!!

    • 01/09/2014 11:57 am

      Thank you so much! I had some reservations about finding the right photos… It always amazes me that the ones I find difficult to do, teach me the most. TY!

  24. 01/09/2014 12:07 pm

    I so enjoy your posts Eliz and now you’ve shown me sculpture and street art that I’ve never seen before – magic!

  25. Natalie (@nataliemadeit) permalink
    01/09/2014 2:05 pm

    These are all awesome pieces of art, big and small, i think the white and black wall art is the coolest, more my style.

  26. yani permalink
    01/09/2014 5:34 pm

    i love the dialogue art in graffiti! it always has so much to say to the one who’s looking into it.

  27. Aisha Kristine Chong permalink
    01/09/2014 11:44 pm

    I love these photos – I love how the photo speaks without even saying a word, I think its beautiful.

  28. Asia Models permalink
    02/09/2014 2:54 am

    love to read this! i would love to see the photos too! it is apparently not loading on my side.

  29. Vanessa permalink
    02/09/2014 9:21 am

    These sculptures are magnificent! We have a few sculpture gardens in our town that we enjoy walking around when the weather is nice.

  30. 02/09/2014 11:00 am

    The graffiti is really neat! I had pictures taken at the bean when I was in my friend’s wedding. It was neat to be able to see yourself in the picture from different angles, but I thought I looked really weird!

  31. XmasDolly permalink
    02/09/2014 4:35 pm

    The statutes are fun, the artwork I think would make me dizzy in that room for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  32. 03/09/2014 9:58 am

    great art….I often visit your site but somehow when I ckick the like button it never shows my like 🙁


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