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ART IS A GUARANTEE OF SANITY.
- Louise Bourgeois

This acquisition [link] , Maman (Mother, 1999) by then 86 year-old Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), [link] is one of a group of eight spiders around the world, also including Paris, Tokyo and of course, the Tate gallery in London, UK. It's the latest addition to the National Gallery of Canada [link] or [link] and is part of their permanent collection.

It's amazing how kids embrace this sculpture. Me? I get the willies since it reminds me of an old black and white horror movie that played on TV when I was a kid, called The Incredible Shrinking Man
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ChavoGuerrero Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
Oh man that's creepy... [link]
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BenoitAubry Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009   Photographer
Hehehehe!
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roren001 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
Great shot. Thanks for the info. After all the years in the valley, I finally get the scoop on this wonderful work, but I never did look.

This is one of my favourite locations in Ottawa and visit at least 3 times a year.

Did you use a wide angle lens on this?

Cheers
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BenoitAubry Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008   Photographer
Shutter Speed: 10/16000 second
F Number: F/6.3
Focal Length: 18 mm Keep in mind that 18mm on a digital isn't as true as an 18mm on a film camera. My 18mm Sigma lens that I use for a Canon AE-1 is far more pronounced because it's mechanically accurate. Nikon compensates with a wider digital sensor than a 35mm film plane would be. It's not as wide as I'd like it to be. Compare the Mother shot with these [link] [link] [link]

There's a marked difference in what I like to call "oomph!"
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roren001 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
Ah yes, there is a big difference.
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indi-is-conan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
well it would be hard to be unknowingly bitten by a sucker this large, and hey I saw that movie to, a good reason to keep straight pins in the house :)
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BenoitAubry Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008   Photographer
Big long ones!
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renospank Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
eight spiders huh? :o theyre really creepy...
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BenoitAubry Featured By Owner May 14, 2008   Photographer
Consider the source. It could be your grandmother :rofl: The sculptor is still alive at 97. Follow the link. It's quite interesting.
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jaryth000 Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
^_^ Damn awesome that is.
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BenoitAubry Featured By Owner May 13, 2008   Photographer
Isn't it though? She's an amazing artist.
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gurugu-mawaru Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008
Eww :/

I hate Spiders :/
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BenoitAubry Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008   Photographer
This is a biggin'! :rofl:
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gurugu-mawaru Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008
That makes it even worse :/

Still, if I saw it I would also photograph it :D
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WraithTen Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
Okay, I really hate spiders but that sculpture and your capture of it...fantastic!
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BenoitAubry Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008   Photographer
Thanks! :bow: ... wha-? What's that behind you? :rofl:
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WraithTen Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
Ouch. :no: That was just cruel...

:giggle:
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BenoitAubry Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008   Photographer
:lmao:
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psychoticdustbunny Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
Ewwww. :bleh:

It kinda reminds me of the bad guy in the Will Smith movie version of the Wild, Wild West, or the bad guy in Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy . . . I am seeing a theme here. Spiders=BAD.
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BenoitAubry Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008   Photographer
Ever see Arachnaphobia?
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psychoticdustbunny Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
No, but I think I am getting the picture . . . and then there were the giant spiders in Harry Potter . . .
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BenoitAubry Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008   Photographer
OH yeah! :D Muahahahaahhaha!!!!
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psychoticdustbunny Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
I soooo did not need that. :paranoid:
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Heurchon Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008
Tiens, elle me dit quelque chose... ^^
En effet, c'est la même!!! Mais en vacances à Paris :lol:

Trés belle photo Monsieur!

:clap:
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BenoitAubry Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008   Photographer
C'est une autre version de la même. Sa première était tout petite. Seulement 3m X 1m 75 à peu près. :rofl:
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Heurchon Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
Elle a bien grandit depuis ^^

:D
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BenoitAubry Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008   Photographer
A Winnipeg, elles sont de la même proportion mais vivantes!!! :wow:
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Heurchon Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
Là, j'ai peur ..... :faint: :dead:
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BenoitAubry Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008   Photographer
:lmao: On a beaucoup de grosse bibittes au Canada. Des serpents sonnettes, des scorpions, des moustiques qui dévorent les rats!!!
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Heurchon Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
oh mince!!!! vous sortez toujours armés??? ;-)
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BenoitAubry Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008   Photographer
Oui! Avec des raquettes de tennis!!
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wytrvn Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Professional Photographer
It actually reminds me of the creatures in "War of the Worlds". I know the sculpture that was originally intended to be there - it was considered to be unacceptable because of its phallic symbology according to the powers that be. It was a stone carving by Tony Hunt, illustrating a Haida myth. It was very beautiful but it now resides is some warehouse! Instead we have this ugly monstrosity...
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BenoitAubry Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008   Photographer
I thought it was a very cool work. I just don't like spiders. Too many eyes and the way they walk creeps me out.
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wytrvn Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Professional Photographer
I don't like spiders & I equate this one with that expensive piece of "art" that there was such controversy over a number of years back - remember the black & red canvas (I think those were the colours).
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BenoitAubry Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008   Photographer
I remember that one and I think the value of it has gone up considerably. It wasn't a Picasso but some people find lots of importance in it. This one is a real eye catcher. Art isn't just about beautiful objects o images. Art, especially good art makes people talk. If people are talking about this piece over others, I'd say that this piece is better art than the others.

There's a piece from the 70s in Toronto in a church called "The Crucified Woman" which made news around the world mainly because parishioners at the church were boycotting it. They thought it was blasphemous that there was a woman on the cross instead of Jesus. I think the artist did her job. She got people talking.
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wytrvn Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008  Professional Photographer
There's talk & then there's talk... Notoriety does not make good art (just ups the price), but the ideas behind the piece do, imo. ;)
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BenoitAubry Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008   Photographer
Well, what made it so unique is that the sculptor was 86 when she created this. She's 97 years old now. And there is an idea behind it. Such a great idea that museums such as the Tate Modern had a room full of these in 1999.

Her art career spans since 1947 with 47 sculptures. She also works in drawing and painting. I'd say that this isn't just a case of one piece's notoriety. We're lucky to have one of her works. It's like having a Henry Moore, a Warhol, a Cristo.
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wytrvn Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Professional Photographer
Bottom line, I think it would be more aptly placed up on the Hill ("Oh what a tangled web we weave"...) or at very least in a park setting that would be more complimentary to it. It adds nothing to the plaza esthetically nor does it compliment the architecture of the building. ;)

I'm sure there is an idea behind the spider sculpture. It was the two tone painting I was referring to with that statement.
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BenoitAubry Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008   Photographer
When you look at art, It's like Music. It has to be considered within the time is was made. The painting in question was as important in art as a Jackson Pollock, a Dali or a Picasso. None of the latter are my favourite artists. I actually don't like them at all.

It's a very well known fact that Dali and Picasso were hard drug and booze-fueled freaks who used to beat up their companions regularly but inasmuch as the works themselves, I can respect their place in history. They did make an impact. Just like van Gogh (who was afflicted with severe mental illness due to the fumes of his terps and holding lead based paint-covered brushes in his mouth.)

Just like I can respect Madonna as part of popular culture despite the fact that her recordings were lame and poorly normalised on every album.

This spider is as important in art as the Warhol's Campbell Soup Cans. Namely, love it or hate it, people want to see it. People are talking about it. I wish I could have had such an impact on popular culture. As long as they spell my name right.
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