Eye of the Beholder

I always try to remember to make sure my point-and-shoot camera is in my purse before I leave the house because one never knows what cool, unusual, interesting, crazy, shocking, funny stuff one might come across during the course of one’s otherwise ordinary everyday life.

Like the bumper sticker I attempted to photograph on the way home from WV last week. It was too dark and the image didn’t turn out very well, so you’ll just have to use your imagination. Graphically, it was rather bland, but the words made me laugh. It read, “I’m only speeding because I have to poop.” Had it said “shit” instead of “poop,” it would’ve been vulgar. I think the bumper sticker’s creator knew that. But then again, maybe he just got lucky.

Then there was the “gourmet market” sign at the local Safeway, which Hubby saw ages ago and Shannon also happened to remark about last week…

Gourmet? Really?

Shannon and I happened to be at the store together when she said something so I HAD to go snap a picture to share with you.

And the day a few weeks ago when I took my car to the garage to have some work done.

My first thought upon seeing what I’m about to show you was, “That thing is hideous.”

My second thought? “I’ll have to get some pictures for my blog!”

Some of you got a sneak peek in yesterday’s post. I find it pretty funny that only 20% of the commentors mentioned the picture I slapped at the end of yesterday’s post.

My Mom gets the honorable mention for noticing.

The thing I am referring to is this…

Art Car

It’s an art car. The driver just happens to patronize the same auto repair shop that we use. Wikipedia has a definition for ART CAR in case you want to know.

I usually shrink images before uploading them to the blog. But I left all of these big so you could zoom in and get a better look. If you click on each image, it’ll pop up full-size in a window of it’s own.

Really, you won’t appreciate it at all if you don’t look closer and see all the clever little touches that make this thing fun. Like the xylophone strikers at the end of the rope fastened to each of the side-view mirrors. So admirers can actually play a few notes.

Art Car

There’s a sign on the driver’s side that actually says, “Go Ahead Play the Truck.”

Art Car

From a distance it is sort of hideous. But from up close, it’s sort of clever. At least I think so. Would I want to drive it? No. But I can appreciate the thought that went into the truck’s creation.

Like the little balls with hats atop the otherwise headless mannequins. Were they put there just to make it look more interesting? Or to symbolize something? The theme of the truck appears to be the Fall of Adam and Eve, so perhaps those tiny orbs symbolize their small-mindedness.

Art Car

I like the “Have an apple, hon” that’s painted in the circle formed by a snake that sits on the truck’s roof. It’s right under that life-sized Barbie head. The “Hon” is a Baltimore thing.

Art Car

What’s with the female mannequin chained to the truck? And is that a Jägermeister miniature dangling from her necklace? The solar-powered lawn lights are a nice touch. As is the Woodchuck cider beer-tap handle.

The hood ornaments are sort of creepy.

Art Car

They are oddly reminiscent of the statues that adorn the Münster of Bern in Switzerland.

Art Car

I’m not so sure I like the fact that the front of the roof ornament is covered in red. I do like the Power Ranger, headless Spiderman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, and G.I. Joe-type action figures that sit just above the windshield. The slide-trombone-cum-loudspeaker in the middle of the pile is cool. Although the babydoll heads to the right of that are sort of creepy. But cool-creepy like this ogre statue in Bern.

So what do you think? Is this art? Or just plain ugly? I’m curious, really.

8 Replies to “Eye of the Beholder”

  1. That’s the thing about art. Some people will think it’s ugly and some people will think it’s awesome…and they’d all be right since what makes something “art” is subjective.

  2. One person’s art is another person’s trash. Your title to this post says it all.

    I agree on how important it is to always have a camera available, even a cheap one. You never know when the perfect opportunity will present itself.

    I’m about to buy a good camera for photoshoots (a Nikon dSLR), but plan to keep my tiny Canon PowerShoot for serendipitous captures.

    1. “Serendipitous captures” is a perfect way to describe that. It sounds like a great future blog title, too. Hopefully you’re doing your homework before taking the dSLR plunge. That’s never an easy choice to make.

  3. I still do not think it is ART. I think it is plain “UGLY”. No wonder the truck was at the garage, it couldn’t breathe with all the stuff on it. Who ever owns the truck must have a lot of time on his or her hands.

  4. Now this is an interesting post! It’s a good thing you mentioned some of the camouflaged items on the art car because even though I enlarged and studied every picture, I missed a lot! I suppose it is art, in a sense, but it’s pretty hideous art. But….interesting. Certainly worth sharing with those of us who’ll never see it in person.
    And I think I better get a little point and shoot. Who knows what I might be missing and we can always use a good blog subject, right?
    Oh, and who knew?! I must be a gourmet cook!!!

  5. Well – I guess I’ll be in the minority by saying – I LOVE IT!

    While it may not be classically “beautiful” it is an expression of someone’s whimsy. I feel like art doesn’t need to be beautiful, it needs to make people feel something – good, bad, ugly, angry… If the artist moved you, i think they’ve done their job.

    I love those people who are free to let their imaginations wander and not be so bogged down with stifling rules of adulthood.

    Bless the Freaks, Weirdos and Kooks <3

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