Thursday, August 4, 2011

Worth the Wait

I finally made it to the McQueen show today at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It took me 4.5 hours beginning to end. I guess I deserved it for waiting till the last week of such a masterful exhibit. The actual show was not as large as I imagined. It was the detail in the work that was staggering and the unharnessed imagination that produced these pieces sprung from the realm of the unconscious, and simultaneously casting you into a melange of present, past and future. These costumes come sculptures come fantasies weave unbelievable tales evoking emotions from the most sublime, delicate and magical to the most grotesque, loathsome and frightening. McQueen flourished through extremes, marginality, the surreal and in delving into the darker aspects of his psyche. He fearlessly provoked his audience to experience both discomfort and transcendental epiphanies.

No one can know the real reason behind his choice to end his life or even if the choice was clearly made. In order to have produced the shows in the high art manner that he did he had to have "Given" more than is humanly possible for the average person. The year he died, the two people he aimed to impress most in his life and his central support system were taken away. My theory is that he hit a wall, which is only natural given the volume of g enius work that he produced. He didn't care to express himself further since their realiza tions would not be shared with neither his mentor nor his mother. The dialogue ceased to be in his mind and therefore he had no desire to continue.

On a brighter note, I saw so many children in the line and thought what an amazing inspiration he will be to these kids! Alexander McQueen left a legacy whose fecundity and influence is yet to be truly measured but I do believe that we are experiencing a creative renaissance with the advent of technology and information and that the artists coming up now will take the license he provided them with to carve out their own individual artistic language for expressing themselves in their work.