Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Day 173, on which John combs the wind [22.6.10]

Dag hundrede treoghalvfjerds. Today I was really tired, for some reason. However, I did manage to turn out a modular sofa concept for the JOHN Collection III, so all was not lost. This outbourst of furniture-building was mainly inspired by Jalkow's amazing JALKOW Collection, a spin-off of my JOHN Collection. And yes, he did ask permission beforehand, which was really nice of him. He also gave me credit on every page, which was even nicer.

OK, so our philosophical discussion today is about intentions. When someone creates a work of art, or writes an amazing story, how much of the imagery and metaphors are intentional by the creator, and how much is simply assumed by the viewer. It's hard to tell where the boundary is; but does it even matter if there is a border at all?

This is not a good example, but it's a piece of art I found recently and thought I'd include. This is the Comb of the Wind in La Concha bay, Spain. It was created and installed by the Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida, and consists of three strange metal forms which are attached to rocks, as you can see in the above picture.

The clever thing about the Comb of the Wind is that it looks almost functional - when seeing the name 'wind comb', and seeing the the form of the sculptures, it's almost possible to thing that they do indeed comb the wind in some way. Now look; I'm not being stupid. Perhaps they make the wind smoother or something, I don't know. The random shape of the things looks like it could be functional.

But, like all art, the Comb of the Wind has a deeper meaning. In fact, you could interpret it in lots of ways. The question is; how many of these ways did Chillida intend to include? And do the other interpetations actually exist, or are they just created by your imagination?

If they are - there should be nothing wrong with this. The real question is whether these little details were subconsciously put in by Chillida, whether somewhere in his thought processes about the piece there was something he was trying to express. I'm sure he was expressing something either way, but did he/his mind have a clear idea of what that was?

Food for thought.


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