Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Red Flying Group

That's the name of Ann Gillen's 1970s sculpture,
which has been in front of 909 3rd Ave. for about 20 
years.  She says, "I build sculptures that suggest
movement in marble, stainless steel, aluminum,
wood and slate. I work with the aesthetics
of Constructed Sculpture with its analytic Apollonian 
rigor that combines with emotional Dionysian outbursts."
I have no idea what analytic Apollonian rigor is, 
but this certainly does suggest movement, don't you think?

[Linking back to Ruby Tuesday and Our World Tuesday.]


  1. I like all the different shades of red here and what the light reflecting off the white base does in conjunction with the shadows.

    Wiki has this: “The Apollonian is based on reason and logical thinking. By contrast, the Dionysian is based on chaos and appeals to the emotions and instincts.”

    With heavy metal, welding and industrial cutting like that she certainly wasn’t just flinging pots of paint at a canvas in some kind of snitty frenzy, but, still, to me, the “emotional Dionysian outburst(s)” aspect of her work looks so angry and aggressive as to warrant the title “Dogfight”, rather than the more staid “Red Flying Group.” (Maybe)

  2. Pretty sculpture, I am trying to figure out the title though. Have a happy day!

  3. oh yes i luv the movement of this sculpture; Have a nice Tuesday

    much love...

  4. Definite movement. I thought of the Flying Red Horse that once sat atop the Mobile building in Dallas.

    1. Flying Red Pegasus, Dallas.

      I completely dis-remembered the old Mobil Pegasi. Multiples would certainly make a red flying group.


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