Posted by: groundsforsculpture | June 27, 2010

Seward Johnson’s, Dejeuner Déjà Vu

Seward Johnson recreates Edouard Manet’s (French, 1832-83) painting, Déjeuner Sur l’Herbe, in his sculpture Déjeuner Déjà Vu (1994) with precise accuracy.

It is difficult to distinguish between what is real and what is art. Johnson’s three-dimensional play on a two-dimensional artwork brings Manet’s painting one step closer to real life. Hidden from direct view, it is a piece which must be found, discovered. Passersby stumble upon it only to gasp in shock and then laugh once they have realized their mistake. Johnson explains: “I use my art to convince you of something that isn’t real. You laugh at yourself because you were taken in, and in that change of your perception, you become vulnerable to the piece and intimate with it in a certain way.”

Entry is from Docent Notes. Edited by M. Israel and contributed to by GFS docent volunteers.

Go to “Meet the Sculptures” on this blog for docent Roger Haight’s interpretation of this sculpture.

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