Pull Up a Seat — This is Art?

I came across this challenge, Pull Up a Seat Photo Challenge, from XingfuMama, in which she asks us to “create a post with a photo of places one sits or might sit, or art about sitting, and maybe a little background or story about the spot or a picture of the view.”

I thought back to a visit to the de Young Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. We used to live about three blocks from the de Young, which has frequent themed exhibits. I took the photo below in 2018 because I thought it was intriguing.

I don’t remember the specific exhibit or even the artist, so I did a search today of my photo using an app on my iPhone, Reversee, and discovered that the piece of art is titled “Him and Her Hold the Root” by American artist Lonnie Holley in 1994. The work was part of an exhibit at the de Young of 20th century American decorative art in 2018.

So pull up seat and enjoy yourself. What’s that you say? You don’t think it looks very comfortable? Oh well, you can’t always get what you want.

23 thoughts on “Pull Up a Seat — This is Art?

      • Teresa July 15, 2022 / 6:48 pm

        Haha but art can be subjective and some people may find it as one.

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        • Fandango July 15, 2022 / 10:01 pm

          I took a picture of it because I just thought finding it at as an exhibit at an art museum was kinda weird.

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    • Fandango July 15, 2022 / 6:22 pm

      I’m amazed you were able to find that old post!

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  1. slmret July 15, 2022 / 6:22 pm

    An interesting piece of art in the right setting!

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      • slmret August 7, 2022 / 11:08 am

        I was actually thinking of a) an art gallery of like pieces, and b) freeway art!

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  2. Vic Crain July 15, 2022 / 8:29 pm

    I like the challenge. Sitting is something everyone does and most people take for granted, often to the detriment of our bodies.

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    • Fandango July 15, 2022 / 10:03 pm

      I am not sure I’d choose those chairs to sit in!


  3. Nope, Not Pam July 16, 2022 / 3:59 am

    That’s quite a mesmerising piece 😊

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    • Fandango July 16, 2022 / 2:45 pm

      Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

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  4. Russell Smith August 7, 2022 / 10:14 am

    Where’s the photo? I’m totally intrigued!


    • Fandango August 7, 2022 / 10:26 am

      That’s weird. It was there before. I just re-added it. Check it now.

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      • Russell Smith August 10, 2022 / 8:25 am

        I’ve had WordPress randomly delete material from one of my posts before in the past. I’ll take a look now!

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  5. Carol anne August 7, 2022 / 5:36 pm

    cool you lived near the museum! That must’ve been fun!

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  6. Russell Smith August 10, 2022 / 8:28 am

    Anything can be art, as long as it elicits an aesthetic experience from the beholder. If I felt some connection to the sublime after looking at a giant paperclip, then it could easily be considered art. Ha!

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