Off to my new studio tomorrow. I would like a white empty space to work in. Husband would prefer I left a big empty space this end………..
Dining room packed with stuff. Son’s bedroom packed with stuff. Box room packed with stuff.
Installation art- what a pain. Painter? All I would need would be paints and suppports, and somewhere to store my old work.
As it is I collect things – rusty metal, dead insects, birds nests, fish bones, old lino, ….a sort of organic Peter Blake collection. Bet he has a warehouse…
So – old work, and mark makers of all sorts, supports of all sorts, sketchbooks, art books, glues and cutters and tools and museum boxes and …………woops. Where did I leave the ideas?
That’s the trouble, I get to be an artist in a rubbish tip -can’t see the wood for the trees or the day for the night….
And then there is college now….makes one think more and read more; and then there is trouble.
Installation artist/ project artist. Please let me be a sculptor. So much easier.
I am so fed up with reading how installation art has become a catch all description of a staging that has rendered it all but meaningless. Liam Gillick observed that the word/phrase installation art ‘had come to signify middlebrow, low talent earnestness of production and effect with neo-profound content, compounded by the use of the word to indicate any repressed spectacle in a gallery content’.
Terrific. Maybe I will be something else then.
Have to say that I must agree with Hal Foster who said ‘to make a big splash in the global pond of spectacle culture today you have to have a big rock to drop.’
Installation has become some form of giantism…oh well, I only have little rocks.
Someone suggested that this type of art was marshalled to overwhelm and pacify rather than induce awareness and provoke thought.
Maybe the art world is about to swing back round to the small and perfectly formed – the muti layered narrative and the provocative.
I can do that. Activate the viewer to re-think their enviroment by intervening within it.
I am not sure that all this reading is a good thing as its coinciding with me trying to finalise my website pages. Hopefully I can I start on Sunday.
All this consideration, re-thinking, makes me want to re-write everything again.
….and then all the problems of the installation artist. How is your work remembered as it insists on the viewer being with it in the space?
Having it explained is patently not a viable option. So – it exists as photographic or video image; and like us, some installations are more photographic than others.
So – images for the website – problemmatical from the off.
…and don’t get me started about trying to submit work for things. One image? Well, thats me ditched for a start.
So – now I have six months on my course. Six months of peer group and tutor crits and seminars and presentations.
And now I am going back to basics in my new white box. Play.
We will see what comes out …hopefully I do.
A new studio and a college course – feels a bit of pressure. As if it adds up to expectations.
I do have one project that just has to be done before I become a sculptor/ painter/ knitter….I have the parrot feathers, now I just have to find time to go to B&Q and get that concrete…………