Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular
“I consciously ignored the highly praised right angle and the rational architecture of T-squares and triangles in order to wholeheartedly enter the world of curves and new shapes made possible by the introduction of concrete into the building process.” Oscar Niemeyer
The word angular describes objects that have sharp angles, such as something with many corners and few soft curves. Vocabulary.com
This week’s photo challenge was an interesting one. We had to move from familiar objects and nature to abstract objects, angles and shapes. I have to say that even though I understand the concept of angular, I had to look it up in the dictionary to grasp the term in order to visualize what our artist in residence for this week wanted. I found two definitions I liked. One was: “an object, outline, or shape having angles or sharp corners,” and the other is above. Fortunately, I was able to revert back to my shots of outdoor installations at Storm King Art Center and elsewhere. Above are two Alexander Calder installations and Wishbone by Mark Handforth. I don’t think I did the Handforth piece justice as I was a bit far back. Ditto The Calder Arch. Next time I’m in the areas where they are displayed, I will try better angles. Both The Arch and Wishbone are quite huge. Plus, I love the idea of a steel wishbone for lasting luck.
“Good art is art that allows you to enter it from a variety of angles and to emerge with a variety of views.” Mary Schmich
Above, I have another Calder taken in Chicago near the Federal Reserve Building. It is aptly named Flamingo because its neck curves down like one. The Frank Gehry designed Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts has an unusual roof with many angular shapes. I love that dramatic building especially when it is lit up at night. It is efficiently designed and quite spacious and welcoming inside. Frank Gehry is a highly regarded architect known for these types of gravity defiant roof designs and he has done many others, including EMP Museum in Seattle and, of course, the famous one: Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Have you seen any Frank Gehry designed buildings? What was your first reaction?
“Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows, and there is his tragedy.” Havelock Ellis
Thankfully, Storm King Art Center came to my rescue for this challenge. I found almost all (except for two) the pieces I needed there. The two above are examples of more beautiful, outdoor art installations that look better in their landscape than they do in photos. Don’t you just love that Mark di Suvero sculpture? If you are ever in the New York area, I would encourage you to visit this and other locations that have outdoor sculptural art. Hope you enjoyed the selection.
What are your thoughts? How did you pick your choices for angular? Were you able to find suitable examples? Do share? Thank you!
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This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular This week, Not to put too fine a point on it, though this week, we challenge you to show us what “angular” means to you.
Positive Motivation Tip: Open your mind and eyes to the range of artistic expression and enlarge your vision in the world. Let go of narrow perspectives.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.