(Claes Oldenburg -“Floor Cone” (1962) Collection of the MOMA)
“I resent gravity very much, because I would really like to fly.”
I am attracted to any art form and subject matter which causes an emotional reaction. It may be laughing, tears, happy nostalgia, longing, etc… Walking into a room at the MOMA, a couple of years ago, I discovered a soft, giant hamburger and a slice of cake. I was overjoyed like a child, these items reminded me of those plastic food toys for the fake kitchenette of a five year old. There was a show at the Whitney called “Sinister Pop”, in 2012, which showcased some of the darker images of pop art scene of the sixties and seventies. Amongst Ed Ruscha, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol, was Claes Oldenburg’s blown-up, oversized cigarette butts in an ashtray. It was my favorite piece in the show and it inspired me to go home and make my own creations. Check out Claes Oldenburg’s works below. Many of them were inspired by his time living in the lower east side of Manhattan.