Friday, July 25, 2014

Lecture for 7/25: Giacometti (Part 2)

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  1. You know, when I first saw that this work was titled The Palace at 4AM, I immediately thought to a song that I heard not too long ago called "Palace Garden 4AM." I remember discussing his piece and how their was this sense of loneliness because of the isolation of figures, but I couldn't help but think that despite all that, there is this light quality to the work. It's probably a mixture of both the thin, open walls, but also because I've been influenced by the song.

    The lyrics go as:
    Palace Garden 4 AM, I attempted to lose myself again
    Seeing signs on the red sand walls telling me to dance like I never danced before
    You glimmer in the light, move into the rhythm of the summer night
    Best believe it's old news, take me to the river let me show you

    Palace Garden 4 AM, she's under my arm, I am under her skin
    In an attempt to seal the deal, step away for a minute, let the tension build
    You glimmer in the light, move into the rhythm of the summer night
    Best believe it's old news, take me to the river let me show you
    ----
    So according tot he song, I did see the surreal aspect of the painting. And when it says "I am under her skin" I can see how it relates to how Giacometti cheating on her could also mean that he still affects her. Or when it says "Best believe it's old news" as if he's putting her in the past and now she's alone. Going further, how you said Giacometti said that he reflected on this relationship in a positive light, and from the lightness of the song, I can see that too. The song is also very modern and light, and has this positive "summer nostalgia" feel to it.

    This is one of my favorite pieces - just thought I'd mention.

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