Someone Notices the Contrast of White on White, 20 June 2013


Good Evening:

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has closed for renovations and expansion (SFMOMA has grown too popular, and can no longer accommodate the hordes of culture-hungry humans who want to visit), but in a stroke of luck I managed to attend during its last weekend before closure. I’ll write about how the Garry Winogrand exhibit blew my mind later, but right now I want to focus on a mural on the top floor that lines a long corridor (technically, the Rooftop Garden Bridge) leading to the rooftop patio garden area and bar. The abstract art mural consists of nothing but various shades of white, but take a close look at this five pictures.

DSCN5919 DSCN5920 DSCN5921 DSCN5922 DSCN5923Have you noticed what they have in common and how they differ?

The answer is that I photographed the exact same section of the mural from five different angles, roughly 30, 60, 90, 120 and 150 degrees. This next picture explains everything.

DSCN5925Same color, different paints. Fascinating little (actually, very long, maybe 100 feet) experiment.

More on Rosana Castrillo Diaz, worth a click.

Vonn Scott Bair


6 responses »

    • Pat: Great observation. In considering abstract art, I frequently ask myself if I’m looking at art or merely decoration (and of course, what is the difference?). Remember Max von Sydow’s character in Woody Allen’s Husbands & Wives? The one who grew enraged when a potential customer asked if he had the same painting in mauve? von Sydow’s character said you don’t buy paintings to go with a sofa, but a Yves Klein painting would look great on the wall above my futon sofa bed. Vonn Scott Bair

    • Heyjude: The museum intends to create traveling exhibitions of some sort during its hiatus. During the final weekend before closing, I signed up for their email list. Maybe they’ll have something worth another blogpost. Vonn Scott Bair

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