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Ben’s Bar - Why People Attend Bars: To Be Heard, To Be Seen, To Be There (Detail)

Ben Patterson and Photographer: Christian Lauer1990/2007

Frogs & Friends

Frogs & Friends

One comes in contact with a golden fountain and an alluring image of Venus adorned in a brassy golden frame. Nevertheless, the whole environment contains numerous symbols that give it’s written words a deeper meaning. Venus, the Roman goddess of love, the mother of all (Roman) people, who also calls the Friday (italian: vernerdi / franz.: vendredi), shines in a baroque frame from the reflection of a golden, with three water-spouting trout fountains. If the mussel shape is still a common indication of the origin of the goddess from the sea, the three trouts are a clear manipulation of Patterson's well-known iconography, which would usually show dolphins in their place.

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  • Title: Ben’s Bar - Why People Attend Bars: To Be Heard, To Be Seen, To Be There (Detail)
  • Creator: Ben Patterson, Photographer: Christian Lauer
  • Date Created: 1990/2007
  • Location: Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Original Source: Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden

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