亚洲杯:AleksandraMir

发布日期:2020-05-25   作者:亚洲杯外围   已浏览: 174次

亚洲杯外围BeautyFree,ColdWarHotStuffandRealRealEstateFlowersbelongtoaseriesoftwentyhugedrawingscreatedbyAleksandraMirandateamofsixteenassistants–mainlystudentsandartschoolgraduates-aspartofanon-stop"Sharpiemarathon"heldinatemporaryEastVillagestudio,NewYork,duringthemonthofMay2005.Eachworkconsistsofeightsheetsofpaper,piecedtogetherinalandscapeformat,thecommonfeatureofwhichisanoutlinedmapoftheUnitedStates.

Retrotextandmotifsevokingidealist1960sAmericanasuchasthedraft,thebabyboom,CivilWar,roadtrips,thespacerace,theBicentennial,loveandGodweresketchedbyMirovernightandfilledinbyherhelpersworkinginshiftseachdayandeveningusingblackSharpiefelttipspens.Theprocessofcollaboration,andtheuseofatypicalmaterials–inthiscaseahumblehouseholdmarkerpen–aresimilarlyintegraltotheartist’sworkingpractice.

BeautyFreeisacommentaryontheAmericanCivilWar,abloodyconflictdominatedbytheissueofslaverywhichbeganin1860whenConfederatestatesinthesouthdeclaredtheirindependenceandclaimedtherightofsecessionfromtheunion.Thesouthernstatesareherelabelled"free",thelettersspelledoutinstarsfromthecountry’sflag,whilethenorthernstatesarethreadedtogetherbyonelong,continuous,loopingstripeandtheword"beauty".ColdWarHotStuffemploysthesamedevice–starsintheformofsnowflakesaboveandstripesintheformofsunbeamsbelow–tocreateacontrastofwarmandcold,lightanddark,and,inamoreovertlypoliticalsense,goodandevil.RealRealEstateFlowers,probablythemostpsychedelicofthethree,mapstheofficiallydesignatedflowersofeachstate.

Newsbecomeshistoryassoonasitisreported.Whatfascinatesmeintalkingabouthistoryistheparadoxicalmovementbackwardswhileobviouslypropellingaheadwithastoryintothefuture.The15-yeartimeperiodcoveredintheshowisofarecentpast,apastthatstillunitesmanyNewYorkersinrecognitionofacityatoncefamiliarandlonggone.TheNYCtabloidsNewYorkDailyNewsandNewYorkPostserveaspracticaltoolsthatunitethepopulationaroundsharedjoysandfears;theyhelpspreadthecity’sgossipandformitsidentity.Whetheronebuysthemornot,aglanceattheheadlineswhilepassingbyadeliorwaitingforabusisenoughtobeconnectedtothediversemassesthatmakeuptheirreadership.Nevermindifwhatisreportedismostlydisasterorscandal.Inretrospect,newsbefore9/11/2001makesthismegalopolislooklikeaquainttownfullofpettycrooks,withthisaccidentorthatoccasionalmurderresultinginthelossofasinglelife.ArapeinCentralParkandalovetriangleonLongIslandwerethetwolongestrunningnewsstoriesofNewYorkinthe15yearsleadinguptotheendofthemillennium.

InresearchfortheshowattheMaryBoonegalleryinSeptember-October2007,threeassistantsandmyselfspentmonthsintheNYCPublicLibrarycopying10,000coversofthetwotabloids-theoutcomeoftheircombinedcoverstoriesof15years.Fromthese,Iselectedaround200thatwereparticularlypoignant,orwhichformedanongoingnarrative,butmostimportantly,thatmademesmilewithrecognition.IlivedinNewYorkbetween1989and2005,15yearsthatroughlycoincidewiththetimeperiodoftheshow.AsIneverhadastudiointhecity,Idevelopedapracticethatreliedheavilyoncommunicationinstead:phone,Internet,publishing,travel,performance,ephemera,eventproduction.Theshowdrewonalloftheabove.

Duringthetwomonthsofthedurationoftheshow,Icreatedanenvironmentthatprimitivelysimulatedanewsroomofamajoragencyornewspaper.Thematerialoutputoftheagencytooktheformofdrawings,whichformeweretracesofactivitiessuchasreading,moving,talking,rememberingandreporting.Togetherwithateamofassistants,Icreated200drawings(outofwhich21areexhibitedhere)inspiredbytheaforementionedtabloidcoversandmypersonalreferencestothem.ThegallerywasturnedintothestudioIneverhad;atthesametime,weproducedartataschedulemoreakintoanewsagencythantothatofanartist’sstudio.Everyday,therewasnewartandoldnewsonthewalls.

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