“Asa & Yehoshafat” sculpture by Boaz Vaadia
My friend, Mary Lawson (Illumine Photography), and I visited the Frist Center for the Visual Arts on New Year’s Eve. Oh my goodness! What a wonderful experience “The Birth of Impressionism” exhibit was. And what a joy it was to share the experience with Mary — an excellent photographer and visual artist herself.
At a leisurely pace, we absorbed the information about the pieces in both written and recorded form. We “oohed and awed” over the sheer wonder of being in the same room with masterpieces we had previously only admired in books or as reproductions.
We stood back at a distance to take in the over-all effect of the works and we moved in closer to examine details. Textures, colors, brush strokes — I don’t think either of us wanted to miss anything during this opportunity.
Sharing. Discussing. Enjoying. And pointing. Yes, pointing. The pointing is what nearly got us into trouble.
In our excitement and awe, it seems that we nearly got to close to the art; overlooking the 3 foot boundary marked on the floor. The guard gently, but firmly, told us we must step back. It seems we were setting off some kind of alarm.
We immediately obliged — but later giggled at our girlish enthusiasm getting us “in trouble” at the Frist.
No photographs allowed in the galleries. Darn. We both were itching to take our secretly hidden cameras out of our purses and sneak a shot or two.
About today’s image (information from the Frist web site):
Asa & Yehoshafat, a work by New-York based sculptor Boaz Vaadia, is installed near the Demonbreun Street entrance to the Frist Center.
Born in Israel in 1951 and raised on a farm where he developed a deep love for the earth, Vaadia creates works in stone and bronze which celebrate the spiritual connection between humanity and nature. While not specifically inspired by the Bible, the work’s title is a reflection of the artist’s cultural heritage, calling to mind the father and son who ruled the kingdom of Judah during the 9th century BCE. The monumental figures seem to be composed of stacked sedimentary rocks. To create this effect, the artist used a hammer and chisel to carve each layer from bluestone. He then stacked them to create a human form, and finally cast the stone constructions in bronze. The two figures appear to have been shaped naturally, as if by the shifting of the earth’s layers and the eroding effects of wind or water, a reminder that, in the artist’s words, “Man came from the earth and in death returns to it.”
Boaz Vaadia’s works have been installed publicly in locations throughout Manhattan, including Time Warner Center, and in museums and sculpture parks around the world.