03/01/2018

CONCEPTUAL ART - a story in one hundred words

CONCENPTUAL ART

Marcie wandered the exhibition, aware that her best frock was hopelessly unfashionable, but she didn’t care - when she cleared up afterwards she’d get the leftovers.
Meanwhile she eavesdropped as they told each other what it meant.
“Of course, it’s pollution – plastic resembling jellyfish and killing whales.”
“No, no – it represents the ephemeral nature of life.”
“I see a cloud of angels coming to gather souls.”
“How sweet! Isn’t she a darling?”

Suddenly Marcie could bear their braying voices no longer. “I’ve been sweeping round these bloody things for days – they just look like cotton reels and condoms to me.”
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Apologies to Roger Bultot, who took the photo and probably understood the exhibit, but once I'd seen cotton reels and condoms I couldn't write anything else. Thanks to Rochelle for posting the prompt on her blog https://rochellewisoff.com/  from whence you can follow the link to read how other writers interpreted the picture.
I would like to wish everyone who visits my blog a very happy and prosperous 2018. My own New Year got off to a good start as I had a pleasant surprise today - I've sold ten copies of A Volcanic Race already this year! This is probably nothing special for a seasoned novelist, but for a debut author it is wonderful - my family bought their copies last year so this means that people I don't know are reading my work. Have you bought a copy yet? The link is at the top of this page.

52 comments:

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    1. Thanks Neil. A light-hearted story for a change!

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  2. Ha! I've seen exhibits that make me wonder...

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  3. Haha - loved it, Liz. I'm clean out of ideas for this one so I might wait until next week before I start contributing again. :)

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Come on, Susan - it's only Thursday. Get your thinking cap on!

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  4. Knowing artists obsessions, Marcie is probably right!

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    1. If a piece of art has to be explained to me, I'm not interested. Soes that make me a Philistine?

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  5. I'm glad I wrote mine before I read yours. Otherwise I, too, would only see cotton reels and condoms.

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  6. Ha.. many artists would eaves drop, wondering what the heck people see in their art.

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    1. Many artists would be devastated by what they heard.

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  7. That was hilarious! Now all I can see are condoms....

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  8. Congrats on the most unusual take on a prompt ever.๐Ÿ™„ Possibly also the most unique interpretation of this "art."

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  9. Ha ha ha. Finally, someone not afraid to call a spade a spade.

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    1. I am glad Marcie had the guts to speak her mind.

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  10. Ha, I don't think these co-called experts ever really understand what the artist was trying to say (if anything!).

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    1. One has to assume the artist had something in mind.

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  11. The voice of reason. She tells it like it is.

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    1. She does - and she gets to take the canapes home at the end!

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  12. Now you mention it, that is what it looks like.

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    1. Thanks Patsy - I am so glad you see it too!

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  13. I think I'll go with the angels ...

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    1. Fair enough - it is a happier interpretation!

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  14. Dear Liz,

    Oh that last line nearly knocked me off chair! I felt the same way when I was a student at the Kansas City Art Institute. So much of art interpretation is just plain BS. Wonderfully written.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle - one day we should meet up, I think we have a similarly twisted sense of the ridiculous.

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  15. Anything goes as far as today's art is concerned...I often go to the Tate Modern!


    Click to read my FriFic!

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  16. just tell it like it is. some artists don't like to hear that. :)

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    1. Some artists are too far up their own backsides!

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  17. I think these types of installation art can be anything the viewer wants and that is probably rarely what the artist conceptualised.

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  18. Hehehe.
    That was such a fun read. Thank you, Liz.
    Happy New Year.๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. Ah, the voice of reason!
    Mine: https://kindredspirit23.wordpress.com/2018/01/05/disappearing-act/
    Scott

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Scott.

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  20. Ha! Cotton reels and condoms - nice one Liz

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    1. It rolls off the tongue nicely, doesn't it? That wasn't supposed to sound salacious!

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  21. Oh my. Hadn't thought of condoms. Big spools, but not condoms :)

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  22. I think yours is the most unique interpretation so far. Leave it to a down-to-earth woman to speak her mind. Congratulations on the book sells. I know if I ever publish I will be dancing a gig with 10 sales from strangers.

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    1. Thanks spauldis. I sold 14 in 2017 after publishing late November, so that ten brings me up to a couple of dozen. I'm still waiting for an agent to spot it and snap me up!!

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  23. They say art is subjective.
    So there ya go ;)

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  24. Oh well, different people see different things. Congratulations on the success of your book, Liz. Happy New Year 2018! :) --- Suzanne

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    1. Thanks Suzanne, though two dozen sales isn't a runaway success!

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  25. Love this. I love seeing things in art, but there can also be an elitist pretension that goes along with it. Condoms and cottons reels kind of brings it back to earth.

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    1. Thanks Sascha - pretension is exactly the right word!

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