Friday, May 27, 2005

The Mystery Revealed

Some people were so close in their guessing but not quite hitting the mark.  I'll start with Door #2, then reveal Door #1 and how it relates to Door #2.

Door #2 is an actual working door and not a painting. However, it is part of an art exhibit at LACMA. It's one of the items that I really enjoyed in their modern art collection when Gigi and I went a while back. I'm not a big fan of modern art but this was such a unique experience and the detail was amazing, that I couldn't help loving it. Those doors open up and you walk into another world and time in life. Each experience being unique to the participant. I took several pictures inside the exhibit. Unfortunately, only one came out okay because it was so dark inside and you can't use your flash in the museum so I had to increase my exposure time. But, the following picture will give you a little taste of what it was like inside.

When you first walk through the doors it is like stepping onto someone's porch. You step through another door in the porch-like room and it leads you to what looks like a combination garage/workshop room. The above picture being one of the workbenches in that room. There's an old car on blocks with the hood up. It's dark and music is faintly playing in the background. You can hear crickets and creatures of the night making their noises. I felt like I had stepped through a time warp to some backwoods country place. There's all kinds of old timey things around. There's even a layer of dust and grime on things. It made me wonder if the exhibit has been there that long or if it was placed there along with the items to create the desired affect. Of course being modern art, there's a bit of the bizarre too. There were doll arms hanging from the rafters along with other paraphernalia. It was such a fun and unique experience, I couldn't help but enjoy it. I like old-timey things that invoke nostalgia.

Door #2 is indeed at LACMA too. However, those elevator doors lead to no where and I am not standing on a balcony looking down at them. I am standing directly in front of them. They are another exhibit in the modern art collection and are maybe six inches in height. But, they really work! They are built into one of the walls of the gallery. The doors close and you can press the little button and one of them will open. If you look closely, you can see that the perspective of the floor is a little out of whack in relation to the size of the doors, that's the hint that I was alluding to in my previous entry.

If you'd like to see other perspectives of Mysterious Doors follow the links below. It's great fun to see the various interpretations of a topic.

Musings from Mavarin


Sotto Voce

(sometimes) Photoblog

My Day, My Interests

substance; or lack of

Alphawoman's Blog

Dawns Drivel

From Every Angle

Confessions of a Madman

Mamarazzi - update (5/29/05)

A Stop at Willoughby - update (5/30/05)

Aunt Nub's Empty Head - update (6/3/05)


geminiwilder said...

Totally extremely absolutely COOL!~!!!!!

ryanagi said...

Now that I have the explaination I went back to reexamine the doors...the elevators...I am floored! I was sure they were, like, the elevators in the lobby of your office or something and you were looking down from above. Maybe one was an executive only elevator and hence a door of mystery. LOL  We had an executive only elevator at my last went to the CEO's suite of offices. I got to ride in it exactly once in my 10 years with the company.

rollinghillsides said...

what an absolutely interesting place!  thanks for sharing it with us.   wishing you a marvelous holiday weekend ....  

sunflowerkat321 said...

Wow...I'm kind of blown away.  It's just too cool!!  I went back and looked again..the elevator doors are especially amazing!

lisaram1955 said...

I'm surprised they let you take pictures inside the museum at all.  We went to the Portland Art Museum a few weeks ago and they would not allow any photographs.  I was bummed, because I was hoping to post some...  Lis a :-]

babyshark28 said...

ok, well...I did figure out that you were in an art museum. :)
and yes, the floors in front of the elevators looked strange to me,
but I guess-not that strange. :)

very cool exhibits!!  I am jealous.
no, really.

I have a thing about nostalgia as well.
and I think that pic looks really cool. :D

sanforized6 said...

Thanks for clearing that up, I was totally in left field. Must be an interesting museum. rich

txsguinan said...

That was such a FUN idea!  (Now I wanna post 'Bad Bunny'... ;D

madmanadhd said...

This photograph takes me back to my granfather's garage. Dark, musty, vieled in an ever-undulating cylce of dust it was his workshed, hideout, and kingdom. Even now the scent of oil, must, and petrol can be resurrected with one view of your photo. Much thanks for the memory jaunt.

auburndawn said...

Wow...  that elevator thing is too cool!   If I had paid attention to the floor slats I might have noticed.  And I thought I had such good powers of perception!  Great choices!

deabvt said...

Now, that`s really Neat!
Thanks, robbie!

lamove04 said...

Robbie: Curious if you remember the name of the artist... I love stuff like that.  There was a guy who did a lot of it, Kleinholz or something, but this looks more contemporary.  --Albert

lamove04 said...

Back again, my memory was not too bad, the artist I was thinking of was Ed Keinholz... ok, I'm done.  :-) Albert