Thursday, October 29, 2009

untitled. yes, to leave a painting untitled.

I was on campus today. I visited the painting studio. The loft to be exact.

It was painful, to be blunt. I felt cold and alone inside. I felt a chilling wave of nostalgia wash over me. I felt jealous and curious and angry and territorial. Notice most of these emotions are negative.

Nothing was logical about it. I wouldn't have felt any of this had I visited an old apartment in Oak. You know something has impacted your life in such a tremendous way, when you feel these emotions towards a space, and the events and people you associate with that space. I associate huge gains in knowledge, both of myself and my work, with that space.

I also felt guilt and fear. Guilt for not continuing in a studio practice which I was invested in and have ample opportunity to continue in. Fear of the idea of not continuing, not going to grad school not being an artist, for loosing myself somewhere along the way of repaying student loans, for getting lost in a dead end job.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Roxy Paine

Look at what Abbey shared with me!! I love this artist. Her name is Roxy Paine, and her work is right up my ally.


My dear Cait, we cannot post like that for two reasons.
#1 I JUST noticed your edit. When someone edits a post the date and time stamp and such to not change.. In order to be accurate I think we should always post new post.
#2 We can look up, view, categorize posts by authors. If I am looking for something that I know Cait was talking about, I can look up posts by Cait, and narrow down the field.

endnote: everyone can post any way they want, but I check the blog multiple times everyday, and at a glance, there hasn't been anything new. btw, Cait when did you edit that?

Thursday, October 22, 2009


When I first posted that picture and question, I immediately though, "well what is the definition of disturb"? When I use the word or hear it, I associate negativity. I looked up the definition, and it in fact means discomfort , troubling, move deeply, destroy peace or tranquility.

I do not want these thing to happen to me when I look at art. I guess I don't mind if it happens once in a while, but I do not pursue this feeling. I think maybe I should expose myself to disturbing art a little more to get to the bottom of the feelings that over come the actual work. Like the link El posted about 9-11. Such a stretch, but moving beyond the atrocity of it, and thinking about what Hirst was saying.

but when we start defining words that in turn define art, I think we loose something. We have to be careful, as artist with defining work, especially our own. Something really gets lost in the verbal translation of work. Certainly a necessary part of the process, but potentially damaging.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

RE: Do you agree?

What a loaded question...I like that statement. However, I am on the fence about agreeing with it. As a blanket statement, I feel like then you would have to consider a whole world of things (violent things , disrespectful things) as art. I don't know if I would consider murder, art. Or rape, art. But you can't say that something illegal ISN'T art, because look at graffiti.

I know, you could be saying, "well I think they mean....ART ART. As in something that stands in front of you, or hangs on a wall. Something you can see in a museum. " But then we would get into the whole battle of "is Matthew Barney's work (something that is not really tangible) art?" *I also am aware that most of you don't like his work, but just for sake of conversation lets put it aside*

Then someone could say that everyday actions aren't art. But that I think is false too. There are so many important things we do everyday, like smiling, that I THINK are art. Maybe I am just nuts?

*I can imagine us discussing this in senior seminar or's strange.*
Then someone could say that "Things meant to be art ARE art." But how many FANTASTIC paintings....or drawings....or random arty things, started out as just an experiment, or just to play? With no prior intention to BE ART. Tonya's clothes paintings. My crazy dots. Jana's Drips.

I guess some criminal in a prison some where could say that they committed murder (in some crazy gruesome way) and it was art. But I think the only people who agree with him are the voices in his head. I know this got way off topic and I kinda made it into the question...what is art? But that was my train of thought. I hope it makes SOME sense.


RE: Do you Agree?
#1 We should agree how to post on this thing! I like my idea... editing and adding to already existing posts. Thanks Jes, I'm totally stealing your spotlight.

#2 Not sure how I feel about the statement "If it disturbs you, it's art." BECAUSE, it leads me to believe that to be art it must be disturbing, or all disturbing things are in essence art. It's not enough to just shock people. They need to leave the gallery, museum, space and be haunted (happily or unhappily) by what they've witnessed.

For example, Vito Annocini's "Seedbed". If you took Bonnie's class I think we breezed over it. Basic jist, empty gallery with a ramp under which Acconci masturbates and speaks to the gallery like a lover (for more overview and some response work). Though its not necessarily "disturbing" to me, I can imagine a whole group of people who would FREAK over it. So maybe that's an important part of this question- who is looking at the art to begin with? I could be convinced that someone with strong roots in the art community and pretty solid understanding of history and current trends- maybe even a practicing artist themselves- who becomes disturbed may be seeing art. This isn't to say that all art has to be disturbing to be good- art serves a myriad of purposes, only one of which is making the viewer aware of themselves.

Check this out. Sounds disturbing right? Now check this out. Scroll down: "In regards to your comment, yes, it may be fake but using rape and violence to make a so-called artistic statement (or any reason) is a very real threat. I don’t care how you or anyone else can justify that. You are obviously someone who has no respect or concern for the on-going issue of violence in society." Which is more disturbing? Is either art?

For me, part of art is the conversation afterwards- not just shouting vilificaitons of what you've seen. You've got to make the viewer to critically think.
The statement itself is art- look the discussion it prompted :)


Tuesday, October 20, 2009