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Offline rob

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Big billboard @ Ditmars station--two pillows
« on: February 24, 2012, 10:31:16 AM »
I have no idea what this billboard is advertising.  It's a b&w photo of two empty pillows on a bed.  Any clues?

Offline braun

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Re: Big billboard @ Ditmars station--two pillows
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2012, 10:33:25 AM »
I think it's for sheets

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Re: Big billboard @ Ditmars station--two pillows
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2012, 11:29:24 AM »
My husband knew! I can't take credit for this knowledge:

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It's a 1991 artwork by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, writes High Line Blog, "best known for creating images that addressed his homosexuality and the painful loss of friends to AIDS."

W.M. Hunt wrote here about the empty bed project, "What was great about this piece is that as it was situated in the public domain without any explanatory text, everyone who saw it could interpret the piece differently... There was something incredibly sad about it. The implication to me was that now the bed doesn’t have two people in it. Something has happened. Something is missing. Something is absent. To me, I saw it as a testimonial to his lover, who had died."

Here's some more info.

*Edit* What I don't know is why it's on display at Ditmars right now?
« Last Edit: February 24, 2012, 11:42:35 AM by okkichan »

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Re: Big billboard @ Ditmars station--two pillows
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2012, 11:36:46 AM »
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*Edit* What I don't know is why it's on display at Ditmars right now?
yeah, not sure of the timing either.  glad I posted otherwise would have been racking my brain trying to figure it out

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Re: Big billboard @ Ditmars station--two pillows
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2012, 12:08:10 PM »
I actually thought it was an ad for sheets.

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Re: Big billboard @ Ditmars station--two pillows
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2012, 12:53:27 PM »
I thought maybe a hotel ad.   Oops.

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Re: Big billboard @ Ditmars station--two pillows
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2012, 12:55:28 PM »
I figured it had to be some art piece. No business would spend that kind of money without prominently displaying some sort of brand information, right?

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Re: Big billboard @ Ditmars station--two pillows
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2012, 01:04:19 PM »
I figured it had to be some art piece. No business would spend that kind of money without prominently displaying some sort of brand information, right?

yes, I agree....I wonder if this was funded by the artist, or by city public arts funding.

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Re: Big billboard @ Ditmars station--two pillows
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2012, 03:53:50 PM »
I would have thought that Happy Ending massage parlor was going for the big time with an ad. 

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Re: Big billboard @ Ditmars station--two pillows
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2012, 04:57:00 PM »
I had no idea what it was but regardless I was really happy to see art, not advertising.

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Re: Big billboard @ Ditmars station--two pillows
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2012, 04:42:49 PM »
It reminds me of the warm bed I just left to go to work in the morning.
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Re: Big billboard @ Ditmars station--two pillows
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2012, 12:11:46 AM »
It's part of an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art called "Print/Out":

More info here.

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Re: Big billboard @ Ditmars station--two pillows
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2012, 11:46:42 AM »
The pillows are gone *sniff*...now we have an ugly ad for yet another new gym!!!!

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Re: Big billboard @ Ditmars station--two pillows
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2012, 03:02:17 PM »
Im glad they got rid of that pillow ad.

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Re: Big billboard @ Ditmars station--two pillows
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2012, 03:28:37 PM »
Im glad they got rid of that pillow ad.

I agree.  I didn't like it and most people didn't know what it was supposed to be about.  I dont' see what purpose it served

 

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