Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tropos in the morning

This statue is Der Morgen at the German Pavilion designed by Mies van der Rohe. The Pavilion itself is located at Montjuic in Barcelona. It's safe to say this is pretty much my favorite statue I've seen ever, so I decided it would be great to tropo-analyze it (tropalyze?)

So let's give her a bit more context!
Now we can see the statue isn't in some sort of museum, or inside some gallery for that matter. It's outside! And on top of water! Whaaaaaaat that is too crazy for a statue what is it doing there?? Let's break it down in terms of rhetoric: kairos, logos, pathos, and ethos.

Kairos: in a really shallow "pool" of water, in the open exterior of the German Pavilion
Logos: what purpose does the statue serve in this area of the Pavilion? It's an interactive statue, and by that I mean that the statue plays with light, where just at the right time (most likely sunrise, but clearly wasn't there for that) the light hits the statue in a way that the subject's expression makes sense: the sun is in her eyes.
Pathos: mostly evoked by the face of the sculpture of "Oh God, what is that in my face? Ugh."
Ethos: the nudity of the sculpture may offend some people (she doesn't have to be naked to have the sun in her eyes), but I say it reflects the minimalistic style in which the rest of the Pavilion is designed.

Now moving on to more-so tropos related topics!

The angle? Relatively at the same angle as being face-to-face with the sculpture because that's how people approach each other. The statue doesn't need to be at the same angle as, say a skyscraper, because, for one, it's not that tall and when humanoid subjects are given that same angle, it tends to give the subject a god-like feel.

The background? The walls behind it are kind of unavoidable but it gives the statue its vague context of the German Pavilion. Though it's relatively hard to tell the Pavilion from the way the statue is framed, that also serves its purpose to focus on the subject at hand and not necessarily where it is. 

The story? The sculpture itself tells a story, and this story is what was aimed to be captured. Again, the sculpture interacts with the sun in the lady's face as the sun rises, but this was unable to be fully captured in the photos. The picture was taken in hopes that the sculpture itself could tell its story as best as possible, but how without the actual sun in the lady's eyes?

Through her expression:

1 comment:

  1. Great Statue. Great Commentary. I hate sun in my face as well, especially when I am trying to sleep.

    I like the way you decided to focus on one particular image, show multiple pictures of it, and broke down the story of the sculpture in a way that made sense.