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Hug #10

September 7, 2010

September 1, 2010 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Thompson Center (Clark and Randolph)

Hug #10, in front of Monument with Standing Beast, by Jean Dubuffet

Hug #10, in front of Monument with Standing Beast, by Jean Dubuffet

I thought we would be in the rain today, for the first time. But we were not. I had imagined holding an umbrella over our heads for the duration of the hug, imagined what it would be like if it were suspended over us. The air was heavy and full. On the way through Daley Plaza we met a man with a pile of thousands of plastic bags which he had hailed from California. We hugged him, and thought him strange. Why import bags, when we have plenty of our own here?

The sculpture in front of the Thompson center is called Monument With Standing Beast, by Jean Dubuffet. The building was designed by Helmut Jahn and either called “outrageous” or “wonderful” by critics when it opened, depending who you talked to. Dubuffet coined the term “Art Brut” which translates into “Raw Art”. In his words Art Brut are … “works created from solitude and from pure and authentic creative impulses – where the worries of competition, acclaim and social promotion do not interfere – are, because of these very facts, more precious than the productions of professions”.

I like to think of our hugs in relation to these things.

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