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Let's Read Art: M.C. Escher

Let's Read Art: M.C. Escher

Andy is all about speed cubing these days. I'm surrounded by puzzles and illusions, so for this week's Let's Read Art I had to throw in an M.C. Escher piece and get his opinion.

Below are the interpretations of Stephen (my husband), Andy and Spencer (my sons) and myself.

WHAT DO YOU SEE?

  • I see two people hanging around while everyone is walking the stairs that are connected
  • complex building with barrel arches and columns
  • some people are going up some down
  • perpetual loop
  • courtyard in the middle
  • all the people are unified in that their clothes are all the same
  • of the two people outside the loop; one is looking at the group and one is looking away

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THESE FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE?

  • looks like a hot climate because of the architecture and strong shadows
  • their outfits look kind of medieval
  • it's confusing
  • the size and perspective of the railing and staircase is inconsistent
  • until the top it all makes sense
  • the side walls kind of break the logic
  • the architecture changes from one looking more european and the other more "mud hut" like
  • the door leads them to the staircase
  • the people seemed damned in a perpetual loop
  • I love the complexity

WHY DID THE ARTIST PUT THIS ALL TOGETHER?

  • I don't really know what it means I think that's easier with other artists
  • trick the audience
  • showing off awesome illusion skills, does it mean more? not sure
  • the artist is clearly adding concept with the figures
  • people get into vicious cycles that go down then up again
  • creating both stories people in positive and negative cycles
  • symbolic gestures of the two people out side the loop
  • the two other people have chosen not to get on the staircase one approaching the opportunity the other not allowing it in.

These are our interpretations, you may see something different. Oh, and I should mention that when we do this we don't read up about the piece until after we've looked at it.

Red Rubber Ball

Red Rubber Ball

Aha!

Aha!