As part of the MFAH show, there is an image from Richard Misrach’s series, “On the Beach” (Untitled #1170-04.)
It’s a very large image, a swimmer floating in the middle of a vast Pacific Ocean (shot from a high hotel room in Hawaii).
The image felt expansive, wonderful, uplifting to me…so therefore I was surprised to read the curator’s notes, which perceived the image as reflecting our feelings of insecurity and groundlessness after 9/11.
Hmm…not my feeling at all when looking at that image…Why don’t you go see it and tell me how it makes you feel?
After a little research, I did find some interesting background about the images and timing from the Smithsonian.com website…and also read more comments of Misrach about his project. Now I see, at least, where the Houston curator got their perspective.
However, I do want to note that Misrach himself, as well as saying that the work was about how people can endure many things, and still then go and find happiness and relaxation, said that the work, “…is much more about our relationship to the bigger sublime picture of things.”
Whew, that makes me happy. Each of the images seen here continue to make me long for the water, the beauty, the vastness of the ocean.
What about you?