Speaking of which, another benefit of video games is that they let you see the world in a completely different world. For example, the Smithsonian is asking us: "Are video games art?" My first instinct is to say yes.
But, instead, let me say that video games have inspired art at the Hirshhorn and Smithsonian sculpture gardens before this new exhibit even existed. Below is a photo essay demonstrating my point.
First, is a modern artist's interpretation of a Zergling. It is modern art, so, you know, you kind of have to just trust it is what they say it is.
|A Zergling at the Hirshhorn. (Photos by Matt Sablan)|
|Chomp, in his dotage.|
|Young Plumber's Ladder.|
|You can see my notes!|
|Note the dates! Through Sept. 30, 2012!|
I had an internal debate as to the order of the photos. I settled on this presentation because I thought the Zergling photo was strong, but the commentary was weak. I knew I wanted to close with the Mario one, as I felt it was the strongest. I did not want two Mario jokes next to each other. Opening with Chomp seemed bad too, which left either Q-Bert or Zergling. I decided that starting with the Zergling made it look like we would be doing a "Modern Art is bad" bit, which was not the intended direction. I combined the weak joke with a curve ball to set up the slightly more in-depth fauxnalysis of the other photos.
Now I have explained to you how my mind processes attempts at comedy. Hopefully, I have not ruined it for you. Also, I love this post because I can talk about art, Clerks (the animated series), good music and video games all in one place. Wait, you missed the Clerks reference? Mouse over text, stat!
Also: Look at something that there are pretty paintings of. Maybe I'll go there some day.
|The bike adds something to the picture. Not sure what though.|