Marina Abromovic performed Rhythm 0 in 1974 which is, in my opinion, one of the most moving and thought provoking performances ever done. Abromovic placed seventy two different objects on a table in front of her, some which could be pleasurable including a feather and others that could cause pain or even death. The audience was encouraged to interact with Abromovik using any of the objects while she sat through it without any resistance. In the beginning many people were timid and used more of the pleasurable objects, but as the people became aware that Abromovic was really not going to respond, the people became more violent. They cut her and stuck thorns in her and one man even held a loaded gun to her head. When the piece was over and Abromovic stood up, the people quickly fled. This art piece displays the battle between humanity and civilization versus brutality and animalistic behavior, which is also exhibited in Titus Andronicus. It would appear that most people are driven to animalistic urges and violence when there are not any repercussions for their behavior. Even in what we would consider a civilized society, we still see a level of violence just as exhibited in Titus Andronicus in Rome which the Elizabethans considered to be the height of civilization and the ideas they built their society from.
ASWeek5 – Marina Abromovic
In my opinion, multimedia artists share one characteristic, which is they are versatile on medians such as sculptures, paintings, photography , installations and etc. Generally, they express their idea by any means. Just like Hans Haacke and Rauschenberg. Both of them also share interests in politics. They both are perplexed by the political rights and how it is being used, although both of them have used different ways to express their regards on this issue. Haacke’s arts is conceptual and indirect, he is giving us a question that is waited to be answered. From Haacke’s pieces, we can reveal the complex social issue that he is focusing on.
Blue Sail | 1964-65
I believe everyone may have different understanding on an art piece , for example Hans’Blue sail. Artist’s concept is formally minimal, and my perspective on this piece is more about tension and force, I found they are related since I have experience on linear and nonlinear force analysis. Many artists were inspired and started focusing on the form of process and understanding of a pieces in different frame of time. The appearance of the smooth and curve surface seems familiar, it makes me thinks of the relation between nature and mathematics, to the point that I questioned any difference at all. As if the fabric shows a hidden mapping of the winds force.
De Wain Valentine
I am big fan of reflection, refraction and transparent since I believe those represent water and sky or the world. One day I came across this artist who makes minimal sculptures with fiberglass, I was pleased to discover him and since we share something similar, and since then I have been digging his work. The artist is De Wain Valentine.
Valentine was an early pioneer of using industrial plastics and resin to produce monumental sculptures that reflect and distort the light and space that surround them. The mystery of the installation of the “Circles” is part of Valentine’s impact—they are beautiful because they are sometimes tough to suss out mentally. For Valentine, these works verge on having supernatural power. Inspired by the Hawaiian sea and sky (Valentine works out of Venice, California, and Hawaii), they “were like big pieces of atmosphere—like if I had a magic saw that could take big pieces of the sky and the ocean,” he said. “I love this, and I want to objectify to it in some way. Polyester resin allowed me to objectify this, to put it out in a solid form.”
Aside from developing pieces conceptually, Valentine surprises me with his study in plastic technology. For the purpose of anti-aging and larger scale for his work, Valentine was working with a chemical engineer from PPG industries named Ed Revay and discovered an unique material called Valentine MasKast Resin, which would allow artist to create larger pieces that can go far beyond the 50 pounds limit that was once restricted. This really links to what Valentine states:”As a maniac-kid artist, I always wanted to do things bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger.” Which I believe being able to scale up really means more potential to create pieces that are inspired by the ocean, sky and supernatural power.
Personally I have an unique relationship with all the stuffs that I own, particularly something that has been with me for a long time – they can be either being used a lot until now or stored in some dark area.
In this practice, it is interesting for me to went over all the stuffs that I had again, they recall a lot of fragmented memories that I have. Collecting them all together in a folder seems really formal and rigid, it is like organizing some organic stuffs in a none organic way.