|Fish Bowl by Alexander Calder at SFMOMA|
A year and a half ago I went to SFMOMA to see the spectacular retrospective exhibit Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again (now ended) and on my way I was sidetracked in the large room where works of Alexander Calder are displayed. I returned to see them again on a more recent visit in December 2019.
|Mobiles by Alexander Calder|
Large mobiles hang from the ceiling, their colorful flat shapes
seeming to float in mid-air as the wires slowly rotated. Outside on the
rooftop patio are a number of Calder’s large stabiles, lurking like
large beasts enjoying the sun. But my favorite is a small piece–a wire
fish bowl, complete with a snail and its spiral shell inching up the
side of the bowl. It is like a 3-D drawing, using black wire instead of
a pencil to define the shapes.
I once made a mobile in one of my art classes in college, using found materials (tiny blocks of wood and other scraps I found at a construction site.) I discovered that it is not so easy to achieve the exact perfect balance when hanging the various wires! Which makes me admire the beauty and execution of Calder’s work even more.
Note: SFMOMA has been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Check out their website for information on when they will reopen as well as forvideos and articles from around the museum that will give you food for thought, a reason to smile, or a moment of connection.
All text and photos, copyright Caroline Arnold. www.theintrepidtourist.blogspot.com
|Entrance to SFMOMA|