“Geometric Mouse – Scale A” is another work from Claes Oldenburg that dates back to the early 1970s. In true Oldenburg style, this is a very abstract and whimsical interpretation of a mouse. Its siblings reside in the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Museum of Modern Art in addition to the Walker Art Center at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The medium of the sculpture is painted aluminum and steel. While the one on display at the Walker Art Center is bright yellow, the others are in shades of white, black, and the other primary colors that are indicative of Oldenburg’s signature art style. Critics ridiculed Oldenburg’s works for being mundane but were also defined as brilliant for the charisma they brought to the otherwise lackluster abstract expressionist period.
The purpose of Oldenburg’s work is to uncover the mystery of commonplace objects by manipulating their scale, shape, and texture. The source of inspiration for “Geometric Mouse – Scale A” is an old movie camera. The shape of the mouse is morphed with an old movie camera, where the square box and circular film spools mimic the mouse’s face and ears, while the grip is the nose. The sculpture can even be interpreted as Oldenburg’s alter ego, as it is a recurring object in Oldenburg’s work, considered to be his artistic symbol. For a more whimsical and unusual sculpture that reflects the artist behind it.
"Claes Oldenberg , Geometric Mouse: Variation I, Scale A" by Emily is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 via Flickr.