One of my all-time favorite artists is Robert Rauschenberg. While he is most famous for the Combine paintings he did in the 1950’s, my favorite body of work are the Gluts he created in the 1980’s while living in Captiva Island Florida. When I was in elementary school I remember going with my class to see an exhibit at the Ringling Museum. Even though Ringing is known for it’s amazing collection of old master paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, this exhibit happened to have some contemporary works in it. One of these works was a glut titles ‘Dutch Roll Glut’. For some reason I was amazed by it. It changed my understanding of what art was or could be since before that point I thought art was pretty paintings or sculptures of people or animals. Below are photos of the original glut I saw from that show as it is a part of Ringing’s permanent collection, and then a photo of Freeway Glut, part of my collection.
Freeway Glut – installation view