15 February 2009

la mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires, même // 1915-1923
marcel duchamp

(translated 'Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even' & also called 'The Large Glass')

i remember learning about this work my freshman year in a survey of art class and thinking it was intriguing but not really understanding why someone would make a work out of dust, wire, foil, etc. then when i was living in london the summer after that class, i saw a replica in the tate gallery. the way it caught the light was absolutely mesmerizing. my 20th century american art class brought it back into my mind and when i think about it now, i really appreciate the work quite a bit. this is probably because ive been able to experience it in person and also because i see things with a completely different perspective now than i did my freshman year. art is kind of like literature in that respect, your perception of the work is unequivocally influenced by where you are at that point in your life when you happen to cross paths with the work. really quite fascinating when you think about it because the works themselves are constant.