Archive for the ‘Conceptual Art’ Category

Jac Leirner

Thursday, June 5th, 2008
Jac Leirner

I’m not a big fan of art that can be made by anybody but the above picture is kind of interesting. It’s amazing that so many people fall for this stuff. Jac Leirner is a Brazilian artist whose work was selected for Documenta IX. Here’s some funny quotes from a Houston Press article trying to explain to its readers why Leirner’s work is so profound:

“(T)he peripatetic artist systematically snagged ashtrays from the armrests of about every airline she flew. Then she chained them all together, as if trying to prevent re-theft, and displayed them with the ticket stubs and boarding passes from her flights. The result was something of a travelogue, documenting her far-flung carriers and destinations, but what was especially striking about the piece was the dogged patience and determination required to execute it.”

Yes it must have taken many minutes, if not hours. If only the rest of us had that kind of dogged patience. Here’s another quote:

“Corpus Delicti (sickness bags) (1992) is part of the same series. Leirner neatly filled 20 airline barf bags with blocks of Styrofoam and strung them all together; they hang from the ceiling in a curving line of multicolored rectangles. From a distance, the bags read as formal elements, but up close you see that the collection has been carefully scavenged from a variety of air carriers.”

What one might have thought were mere formal elements are actually carefully scavenged barf bags. Here’s more:

“Leirner’s Lung (1987), on view in the Roesch exhibition, is from the cigarette series. It’s a small, rectangular Plexiglas box that hangs unobtrusively on the wall. Its transparency makes it look clean and delicate. Closer inspection reveals that what’s inside are fragile cellophane husks from the artist’s cigarette packs. According to gallery owner Sonja Roesch, there are 12 inside, representing what would have been a week’s worth of nicotine for Leirner. The pristine object vies with the viewer’s mental image of blackened lungs. Leirner’s cigarette pack works are exacting records of addiction, with the damage elegantly implied.”

“She has an amazing talent for methodically collecting — or swiping — daily life’s debris and transforming it into art.”

Amazing.

The Houston Press article isn’t all flattering. But its criticisms only reveal the author’s naivety in making any kind of value judgment about something like this

Jake and Dino Chapman at White Cube

Monday, June 2nd, 2008
Jake and Dino Chapman

Jake and Dino Chapman have a show up at White Cube from May until July 2008. They got a hold of 13 of Hitler’s watercolors and prettied them up a bit. They’ve added elements like rainbows, smiley faces and floating hearts to the paintings. The title of the show is If Hitler Had Been a Hippy How Happy Would We Be.

Jake and Dino Chapman

Paul St. George’s Telectroscope

Saturday, May 24th, 2008
Telectroscope 1

Paul St. George wants you to believe.

“Hardly anyone knows that a secret tunnel runs deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean. In May 2008, more than a century after it was begun, the tunnel has finally been completed. An extraordinary optical device called a Telectroscope has been installed at both ends which miraculously allows people to see right through the Earth from London to New York and vice versa.”

Telectroscope 2

Yeondoo Jung’s Wonderland

Friday, May 23rd, 2008
Yeondoo Jung 1

Yeondoo Jung is a Korean artist and photographer. The photos above and below are real life recreations of children’s drawings. The first is called I am coloring, my mom and sister are taking a picture and the one below is He didn’t sleep for three days.

Yeondoo Jung 2

Sarina Brewer’s Siamese Twins

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
Sarina Brewer

Sarina Brewer has the whole thing going down. She considers herself a “naturalist” and is in the business of recycling animal carcasses.

Check out her picture below.

Sarina Brewer