The thing about modern art is that you never know just exactly what it is and what it’s about, and it seems that this goes for art critics and artists themselves if this story is anything to go by.
The incident happened up in Scotland at Robert Gordon University, where 22-year-old business information technology student Ruairi Gray decided to leave a pineapple in Look Again exhibition at RGU’s Sir Ian Wood building. He was hoping that it might be mistaken for a piece of art, and was elated when he came back a couple of days later and saw that somebody had put a glass display case over it:
I saw an empty art display stand and decided to see how long it would stay there for or if people would believe it was art.
I came in later and it had been put in a glass case – it’s the funniest thing that has happened all year. My honours supervisor saw it and asked an art lecturer if it was real because he could not believe it.
Lol. Guess he got them good.
What makes the whole story even weirder though is that the organisers of the exhibition are denying that it was them that put the display case up. Here’s what Natalie Kerr, who organised the display had to say about it:
We were moving the exhibition, and came back after 10 minutes and it was in this glass case.
It’s a bit of a mystery – the glass is pretty heavy and would need two or three people to move it, we have no idea who did it. But it’s still there now, we decided to keep it because it’s keeping with the playful spirit of this commission.
Yeah, I dunno about that, sounds like Kerr is just trying to save face and not embarrass herself with those comments. Maybe Gray has a future in the arts world. Although given how it went for Homer in that one episode of The Simpsons, it’s probably best for him to get out whilst he’s ahead.
For more modern art, check out this woman who collected her period blood and turned it into art. Fascinating.