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Saturday, August 4, 2012
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Street art on University Avenue, Newark NJ.

◊   posted by Jim G @ 3:00 am      

  1. Jim, Not quite sure I understand this art. The faces seem to contradict the words at the bottom.

    Is the artist trying to say that he/she is sad, depressed, has a terrible life, but keeps reminding him/herself that “Love Is Alive”?

    The top face seems angry; the bottom face doesn’t seem to much angry as sad/depressed–at least to me. Is this meant to show the difference between the reality of life and what people *say* about love making one happy? It supposed to make one happy, but love makes some angry and some sad???

    Or yet another meaning: Love makes one perhaps sarcastic–the contradiction between reality and what love is “supposed” to be in life?

    Or I wonder: Is the top face meant to be white and the bottom face meant to be black? And the saying to show the social disparity between the two groups? I have to say this seems a little extreme to me–perhaps I really mean my interpretation of this picture as such is extreme? But even the downward slope of the bottom individual’s shoulders gives an impression of sadness or depression. Not sure what I really mean here myself, but it strikes me that there’s a racial difference between the 2 faces.

    Or does this street art mean all of these things? I find myself wondering if the artist him/herself meant to imply all these things, or am I simply reading into the art?

    What’s the point of the “x” on the side of the top face? Don’t understand that at all–unless it means “x” out that white group? *Or* do the “x’s” mean that racial prejudice should be “x’d” out of relations between the 2 groups?

    Then I notice that the top of the picture is cut off. Is what is shown there the *entire* picture? Or is something left out of the photograph because of space requirements?

    A simple picture but full of “wonderings”–at least to me. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — August 4, 2012 @ 9:54 am

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