CTS reblog in 10 |
“Eye See You”
Curated by Joey Mazzella. #Mnemosyne
July 26th, 2014. 11am - 11:50.
CTS #art musings |
by Joey Mazzella
Hello, my name is Joey, I’m a summer intern at CTS. I was asked (well, told) to review Ai Weiwei: According to What exhibitionon display at the Brooklyn Museum till August 10th, 2014. Prior to visiting the exhibition, I knew very little about Weiwei, actually I never heard of him before. So I started my quest by watching the documentary film entitled Never Sorry which really laid out the timeline of Ai’s career. Then I read through the 100+ pins I found on CTS’s board 12 artist which lead me to numerous articles online, videos on youtube, and images of his past works.
After two weeks on intense research, I’ve concluded that Ai Weiwei is outstandingly brave, but absolutely crazy for rebelling against his government, not to mention he is also incredibly witty.
He considers himself a fearful person, opposed to fearless person, which is what one one would assume based on his artwork since it directly confronts China’s often corrupt nature. However, being fearful to Weiwei means he understands how grave his governments wrongdoings are. That understanding inspires him to create art that helps the citizens of China to see as he does and empowers them to rise up against corruption.
Works such as Names of the Student Earthquake Victims, Brain Inflation, He Xie, Surveillance Camera get to the heart of how Weiwei defines the feeling of fear as an art term. The series of works I most related to was Study of Perspective.
It’s just hilarious! Study of Perspective is a series photographs - quick, tourist like snap shots of famous monuments, but instead of a happy family or person starting back at us, there is an upturned hand of the artist giving us, the viewer, the middle finger!
Giving the finger to inanimate objects is actually one my favorite things to do. I only wish I thought of it first. The online blog empty kingdom said it best; “the artist’s middle finger is positioned in front of some of the world’s most notable man-made landmarks around the world; the artist’s perspective through activism. My immediate reaction is to chuckle, but within Ai’s gesture, it demonstrates a serious rebellion against the world’s motherfucking supreme authority.” What’s better than that?
The work I most enjoyed was produced early in the artist’s career, since then Weiwei has become an international art figure and a spokes person for the people of China. A lot of the political artworks he created between the years of 2009-2012 focused almost exclusively on exposing the government’s bad governance.
In response the government confiscated Ai Weiwei’s passport on June 22, 2011 after he was released from his eight month forced detainment in Beijing for “disrespecting the motherland”, at least that was the official reason. (Maybe they never saw Study of Perspective)
The truth is they took away Weiwei’s passport as an attempt to keep his story contained. But that never works. Good stories always get out. His did, and now his art travels around the world, with courage and conviction telling his story on his behalf.
Fortune Cookie #art #quote | “Very few people know why art sells so high. I don’t even know.” - Ai Wei Wei
<3 music | The Adicts, Viva la Revolution
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"Perceptions: ‘We the People’ from Danh Vo"
By Daniela Holban
Scattered on the foothills of Manhattan, spreading across the river into the shores of Brooklyn, lies the quest of finding the pieces of the puzzle which has stood as symbol and personification of the American Dream for as long as one can remember:Lady Liberty herself.
‘We The People’ (2010-2014) is a full scale replica of the Statue of Liberty, made of about 250 copper pieces disembodied and dispersed around the globe. New York City is the 2014 temporary home of a small fraction of the project, displayed both at City Hall Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Some of the parts on view are the Lady Liberty’s ear, the chains found around her feet and a large section of the draped sleeve of the Statue’s raised right arm.
The project has been Danh Vo’s continually unfolding and developing masterpiece for a few years.To date, elements of the sculpture have been shown in major public institutions in Kassel, Paris, Barcelona, Shanghai, Chicago, Copenhagen, Bregenz, Shenzhen, Ghent, Bangkok, Porto and London. The project is a reconstruction of the actual size replica of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty. Working from the sculptor’s original drawings and following the original construction method Danh Vo’s version of the Liberty is an identical deconstructed metaphor of her French twin sister.
The sculpture is unlikely to ever come together as one but will instead reside and navigate all around the world in hopes of reminding its viewers of the meaning and fragility of freedom; of cultural values and how these change the idea of liberty locally and globally. Will there ever be a time when we can all put the pieces together to form a universal idea of freedom?
When close enough one cannot tell they are looking a slice of Liberty. The fresh copper color will fade away into the rusty marine green as nature and time will take their toll on it. Some pieces that were installed earlier on are already showing change, while newer ones still shine with their reddish tones. This in itself plays an important role in communicating Vo’s message of deconstructed views of liberty around the world. It is we the people, who are to answer the questions Vo’s installation poses, and one should visit the monumental puzzle in order to get a glimpse at their own perception of freedom.