Renaming Dale Chihuly

Artwork name: Scarlet and Yellow Icicle Tower.  Artist: Dale Chihuly

We all know social media is not a reliable source, but we still fall into the trap and believe all of what we read. In 2017, for example, more than 797000 people reacted on Facebook to a (fake) article that said that two altar boys had been arrested for putting weed in the incense burner of a church. I guess we all believe what we want to believe

That’s why I was shocked when I learned that the Picasso quote “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”, which every art Instagrammer has ever used (even the MoMA in 2013), was actually never said by the painter.

Anyway, whoever created this sentence should be given a Social Media Manager position at some art institution, as it has been shared millions of times. As for the sentence, I might agree with it, but not at all times. Sometimes, art actually does the opposite to me: it brings me closer to the mundane. That’s the case of “Scarlet and Yellow Icicle Tower”, by Dale Chihuly, which reminded me that I should stop scrolling Instagram and go clean my apartment. 

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Renaming James Turrell

Artwork name: Aten Reign, 2013.  Artist: James Turrell

In this weird 21st-century world we live in, we sometimes run into surreal encounters between nature and technology. My last experience of this kind involves rural Spain and high-tech toilets.

Here’s the story: my uncles run a country house hotel in Spain, and they decided one of the bedroom would have an “extra luxury”.

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Renaming Nancy Holt

Sun Tunnels 1973-76 © Estate of Nancy Holt/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Courtesy the Estate of Nancy Holt.

Artwork name: Sun Tunnels, 1973-76. Artist: Nancy Holt

Was American artist Nancy Holt a fan of Duchamp’s work? I truly hope she was, because perhaps that might be the only way she could forgive me for the name I am giving to one of her masterpieces, her Sun Tunnels. 

Massive and austere, the four Sun Tunnels created by Holt are mysterious and inspiring.

…and they do evoke all that on me, but they also remind me of… 

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Renaming Rachel Whiteread

Artwork name: Untitled (One Hundred Spaces), 1995. Artist: Rachel Whiteread

Can we ever escape our past? I am inclined to say no after I tried renaming Rachel Whiteread’s Untitled (One Hundred Spaces). Seeing the work in this setting (Tate Britain’s Duveen gallery) the first thing that came to my mind was my high school’s chapel. I know! Even after more than 10 years out of school! So I guess for me the answer is no, I can’t escape. 

Yes, this picture looked to me like my school’s chapel… except for the seats, they were way duller there than here! The objects in Tate Britain’s picture seem to me like they are made of gummy-bear material or even jello

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Renaming Ilona Keserü

Artwork name: ‘Tombstones N (wrong)’, 1969 Artist: Ilona Keserü

Is anybody actually honest when listing their passions in, let’s say, dating sites or resumés? If I had no filters, my resumé Interests would obviously include art, but also Oreo cakes, Brie cheese, and, in general…food.

That’s probably why the first time I saw this awesome painting by Hungarian painter Ilona Keserü it reminded me of those amazing jello dishes that were so popular during the 60s:

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