Jardín de Esculturas
a project by Emiliano Valdés
with work by
Bhakti Baxter (USA)
Otto Berchem (USA)
Rodrigo Hernández (México)
Catalina León (Argentina)
Gabriel Lester (Netherlands – China)
Isola Norzi (Italy)
Sofia Novella (Guatemala)
David Perez “Karmadavis” (Dominican Republic – Guatemala)
Matthew Shannon (Australia)
Anders Smebye (Norway)
Diana de Solares (Guatemala)
Johann Wolfschoon (Panamá)
Cows. Pigs. Elephants. Franz West. Tilted Arc.
No work goes unscathed, apart from Picasso, but nobody ever called him an asshole.
Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville
March 19 – September 18
Material Apparatus features videos from artists that use the medium in unexpected ways. These works go beyond using video to document a performance or to create a linear narrative. Video, in this case, is an actual element of the work, used as a tool to help create structural environments.
These artists approach this subject in different ways; humor, balance studies, sewing, drug addiction, and the use of BB guns. Artists include Maria Pithara, Jacob Tonski, William Lamson, Jill Wissmiller, Otto Berchem and Amelia Winger-Bearskin.
Curated by Dwayne Butcher
Been awhile. Believe it or not, I’m still here.
Public art is always difficult thing to do. You’re never going to make everyone happy. You can’t make everyone happy, but too many artists – or to be precise commissions – try and do just that. Because of that, more times than not, it’s completely uninteresting. If I had to be honest, I’d say most of it is crap. It get’s even more complicated when he artist decides to use recognizable imagery.
That said, one would think that if a mural, that’s been on the side of a building for over 12 years, in the center of Amsterdam none the less, would be old news by now. You’d think. Well, apparently not.
This morning, after a walk into town to witness the spectacle of Queen’s Day, I noticed that someone decided to express their opinion about a mural that’s literally down the street from me.
Apparently I wasn’t the only one who noticed.
Everyone is a critic, but really, you’d think there’d be a better time to express your opinion than in broad daylight, across from a Police station, and on a National holiday.
The critic, responding to various people expressing their opinions about her critique, from their apartment windows.
The offending work, more or less in its entirety.
Do I like the work? Not really. But that’s really not the point. Is it?