August 27, 2005

"I think the piece isn't ghastly."

From the Boston Globe:
A Connecticut artist plans to exhibit a sculpture of Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams' severed head at a New York gallery next month.

Daniel Edwards of Moosup, Conn., said the inspiration for the sculpture came to him when it was revealed that the Hall of Famer's head was removed and cryogenically frozen with his torso at Scottsdale's Alcor Life Extension Foundation.

The sculpture shows Williams resting his chin on a baseball.

"I think the piece isn't ghastly," Edwards said.
Art, art, art. Remember it's art. Yet I find myself drawn into thinking not about art but about why they severed the head if they were saving the torso. But at least the sculpture isn't actually made out of Ted Williams' real head. That would be like this.


Ron said...

If we are going this far, why not take the head to the Hall of Fame, suspend it in a sphere of formaldahyde, build a room with great lighting for it, and have a sound system spout quotes from Ted when you touch the sphere? He'd wind up the frickin' Baseball Oracle of Delphi...

The whole thing takes on a "They Saved Hitler's Brain!", vibe.

I thought Ted's "son" (Kirby quotes again, but deserved this time!) was actually trying to sell Ted's DNA (tissue samples? I don't want to know) in an auction, but was stopped, thankfully...

miklos rosza said...

Marcel Duchamp, sure. His "non-retinal" pieces are only funny if the joke of shocking the straights never loses its timeliness. ("Nude Descending a Staircase" remains interesting as retinal art. Sorry Marcel.)

The next step was taken by Robert Rauscenberg, who when asked by Iris Clert for a portrait, sent her a telegram and announced, "This is a portrait of Iris Clert if I say it is."

Since then, the artist operates as shaman. Those who submit to this are the equivalent of those who go into a faith-healer's tent and believe they witness (yawn) a miracle for cash.

Performance art spells this relationship out, if anyone notices, and underlines the uselessless in today's art career of what used to be known as "technique."

Menlo Bob said...

According to the Baseball Library website, Williams was also known as the thumper and the splendid splinter. Look for the Ted Head to re-adopt the second of these.

HaloJonesFan said...

Heh. The only thing I can think of is "Wayne's World".

"Aren't you gonna open your present?"
"If it's a severed head, I'll be very upset."