Monday, February 13, 2012
The humble cone as art object
What a great idea. Making art out of the very tangible and ubiquitous symbols of Christchurch's dislocation. Of course, as someone who's been accused of being obsessed by cones, this represents a sort of communal support group for me.
The Christchurch community decorated cones to great effect at Christmastime. Truly uplifting.
I am planning to be in Christchurch for the anniversary and can't wait to see this. It will pretty up what's going to be a fairly heavy day for the folks in Canterbury.
Further validation of my cone fetish has come from two U.S. cone artists (please notice the 'e' on the end of that) who have asked if they can use my post, Of Pelicans and Cones as part of their proposal for what an exhibit they are calling "The Traffic Cone Occasional." They might even use the essay as part of the show, one of the artists told me. Erik Sanner and Peter Emerick's work in this field is exceptional, elevating the humble cone to a form of high art.
Emerick's exceptional conage can be seen at his website.