22 thoughts on “Embarrassing Object – Geof Oppenheimer | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios

  • July 9, 2015 at 10:11 pm
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    This made me think of a trip my ceramics class took to the art museum in high school. There was an exhibit where you would look through a hole in the wall and on the other side was a sculpture sitting on the toilet. We had no idea what was on the other side when we went to look, and I remember feeling bad and embarrassed by this exhibit.

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  • July 9, 2015 at 10:48 pm
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    I wonder if I could somehow make something that desplays the embarrassement that most people would experience if they were confronted with their internet-selfs in real life…..

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  • July 9, 2015 at 10:58 pm
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    This made me think of that instagram that takes pictures of things that look like vaginas.

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  • July 9, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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    His comments on uncomfortable art remind me of anti-heroes in stories.  They are horrible, but also great, because we recognize ourselves in the worst of them.  I was especially thinking of Vee and Piper in Orange is the New Black; both highly unlikeable characters, but played so well!!

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  • July 10, 2015 at 12:25 am
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    thoughts on this assignment:
    often it seem like things that are embarrassing/uncomfortable to us, we try to hide or avoid, or not think about. we cope our way through them (depending on how deep the embarrassment is). 
    this assignment ask the exact opposite. we have to think about what makes us uncomfortable, serious or silly. express it and (if following through completely) sharing it with others. this seems slightly more that just the emotion of embarrassment, we will share the thing itself that embarrasses us…which is a difficult and brave thing to do.

    will viewers be uncomfortable too? is our discomfort caused by others seeing it, or is it something embarrassing to us without someone else's shared experience?

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  • July 10, 2015 at 4:15 am
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    The most interesting thing I see in the human experience with embarrassment is the way when something happens we would hope no one would ever hear about or (god forbid) SEE , when the incident is over we can't wait to share the experience with anyone who will listen. "You won't believe what happened to me!"

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  • July 10, 2015 at 12:45 pm
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    Hey 🙂 There's one thing in the video that confuses me. You call the Doryphoros naturalistic, idealistic and not realistic. And I completely agree with the last two, but I cannot agree with the naturalistic, becuase I don't think that anything can be both idealistic and naturalistic, because one part of naturalism is that the bodies have to have the right proportions, which definitely ins't true with the Doryphoros. His proportions were chosen so that he looks good and not so that it depicts the natural human body.

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  • July 10, 2015 at 12:56 pm
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    Sarah, this is a fantastic assignment! You often mention seeking out art that makes you uncomfortable, and this assignment seems especially up your alley in that respect. Also, I'm one of those inexperienced young artists and I'd say that you're doing an amazing job teaching us about how broad the world of art can be. This channel – and all the artists that it has led me to discover – have helped me to understand the concept of art on a much deeper and more intricate level. Thank you so much for bringing us the AA, Sarah!!!

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  • July 10, 2015 at 1:46 pm
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    Is there a difference between embarrassment and shame?

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  • July 10, 2015 at 6:23 pm
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    To reference not only this assignment, but also Oppenheimer's thoughts on the unavoidability and genuine qualities of sculpture is an accidental embarrassing sculpture I came across while exploring an abandoned house. In one of the bedrooms, next to what was left of the bed, was a VHS of Toy Story 2 and a couple of condom wrappers. I doubt these objects were used in the same time, as many people have come to the house since it was abandoned to do God-knows-what, but the juxtaposition between two vulnerable or embarrassing moments in one's life, watching a children's movie and having sex in someone else's house, harbored in me a lot of ideas about growing up, specifically the boundaries of life before and after puberty.

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  • July 10, 2015 at 8:53 pm
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    I really struggled to grasp what Oppenheimer was saying, when we say sculpture we're trying to distinguish it from other mediums of art, but then when you use it figuratively as well in the same context it really threw me off. I'm also struggling to really appreciate a bunch of sticks glued together with household items thrown on top. I could really appreciate Rothko in last week's episode, but maybe because I got to know the artist a lot better in it.

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  • July 10, 2015 at 10:42 pm
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    I'm having such deja vu hearing this guy talk. I swear I've heard him/seen him before but I have no idea where/when/in what context!

    (how embarrassing)

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  • July 11, 2015 at 3:03 am
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    This is hard for me. I am not embarrassed by the body or its functions. I am embarrassed by art that is mundane and thoughtless and factory assembled, but I'm not sure how to communicate that effectively, in a way that would make anyone else uncomfortable.

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  • July 11, 2015 at 8:38 pm
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    I find silence in conversation very embarrassing. Again, I have no idea how I could make a "sculpture" out of that.

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  • July 11, 2015 at 9:45 pm
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    I think us period having people should get together and make a giant tampon sculpture.

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  • July 13, 2015 at 3:45 am
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    I know something but i don't know how i would sculpt it. I was sitting at lunch and one of the "popular guys" who was sitting at the table next to me came up to me and asked me out. I looked at the rest of his table and they were all looking at me laughing. I know it was a dare and it seemed very childish to me seeing that we're both upperclassmen in high school, but I've never felt so embarrassed and insecure. Why me? Why pick out me? Am I so hideous and weird to be the gross girl your friends dare you to ask out? I've never been so embarrassed and to this day I can't look at him or his friend group again. Maybe I'll sculpt a hideous creature because that is what I've always been scared of becoming, and now embarrassed of being.

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  • July 13, 2015 at 1:19 pm
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    I have no vision of how to complete this assignment, but that makes me really excited to see what others do. Looking forward to the highlights!

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  • July 14, 2015 at 9:03 pm
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    It's so nice to know that another artist gets embarrassed about his work.  I don't know why.. but I felt like I was the only one.

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  • July 22, 2015 at 7:09 pm
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    I kind of want to print out large screenshots of text message conversations I've had with guys that I like. I don't think it would really count as sculpture, but it would certainly be very personal,  raw and embarrassing!

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  • August 17, 2015 at 1:24 am
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    My response! http://pointetothesky.tumblr.com/post/126872596680/the-art-assignment-embarrassing-object-response

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  • September 26, 2015 at 4:44 am
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    I know exactly what a would make for this assignment, I know what it would represent and what it would be made of(both things that embarrass me). but I couldn't make it because even imagining it revolts me and make me cringe, also it is extremely personal, so the thought of it existing in the real world and being seen by anyone ever is just way way past what I want to happen.

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