Every year I go to Nude Mexico because Albuquerque is my favorite city on earth. But this year my friends took me to what I would describe as an Art Amusement Park in Santa Fe called Meow Wolf. And apparently, that super-beardy, slow-writing Games of Boners writer funded it or something.
Anyway, it was a really fun place.
FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.
There were several wacky metal statues in the parking lot. These are my friends’ kids. They’re not really scared. They’re just “goofin.”
Being the perpetual cynic I am, I thought the art in Meow Wolf would be low art. Meaning, the kind of stuff you see on the bottom of skateboards or in Juxtapose magazine and the like. But…
…there was all kinds of art in there. Art that runs the gamut of low accessible art, stuff hipsters in coffee shops would have tattoos of, to…
…far more complicated art. Like, genuine abstract weirdy stuff. Some of it even unsettling. (not this picture, obviously)
I think this is the main thing that makes Meow Wolf successful, is it has many levels of art all mixed together.
If it was too much high art, it would turn off “regular” folk.
If it was too much low art, it would come across as trying too hard to be “edgy” like Juxtapose magazine does.
But the mix of every kind of art all at once makes for a wonderful and intoxicating experience.
Also, it’s done really well. It’s not cheap or chintzy-looking in any way. Nor does it feel gimmicky.
All the “exhibits” for lack of a better word, are well-constructed with a lot of care and detail to attention.
Another way Meow Wolf impresses is the people who built it used the space in a clever way. It’s in a warehouse, so there’s not that much space, but because everything twists around and is multileveled, it feels huge. And you get to see things you’ve seen before but from a totally different perspective. This is a top view of the first two pictures posted on in this entry.
Most of the art just seems to be art for art’s sake, but some of it had subtle messaging. Like this “average teenage girl’s room.”
There were posters of teen stars, but none of them had faces–thus symbolizing the vapid nature of the business and interchangeability of pop stars. Not exactly deep stuff, BUT if you’re a teen girl, this message might be quite thought provoking.
It’s also bright! And colorful! And pretty! Can’t get a sense scale in this picture, but this is pretty big. There’s an entire stage in front where bands perform.
And it’s interactive! There are lots of things to touch, play with and plenty of light and sound based art.
And one thing I appreciated, it doesn’t take itself too serious. This is my problem most modern art and why I despise it. It’s pretentious as fuck. And boring. The people who built this did not lose their sense of humor. Or fun.
There’s so much art packed into this place it’s dizzying. You could spend hours and not see it all.
Meow Wolf would be a neat place to smoke a marijauna.
There were also plenty of dioramas! And I fucking love dioramas!
I’m pretty much wrapping up, here, not much more to say.
Oh, one more thing about it I thought was special is that it works so so many levels, kids, adults and super adults (old people) get a kick out of it. Yes, it’s “FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.” But it really is. There’s just so much wacky weird fun shit everyone can run around (or walk slowly if you’re a super adult) and have fun. And there are places only kids can fit, so they can run off and escape their parents!
What else can I say? I’m often referred to as the “guy who hates everything” because I tend to hate everything dumb or mediocre and the world is filled with dumb and mediocre. But not Meow Wolf! They did it right. Perfect mix of various levels of art, genius use of space, tons of hidden doodads, even some kind of mystery if you want to try and figure it out.
High five, doods!
Also, when you leave you can get a very convincing reminder on why you should not drink and drive. Don’t drink and drive folks!