Thursday, April 10, 2008

Trophy Visit

Hello again, onthecusp. Thanks for letting me guest blog, Scott.

I rarely get out to see opening events, so when I got an invitation to see the installation Trophy I decided to take my video camera with me so that I could record some part of my experience and then share it here (it’s a kind of tribute to James Kalm). In true Kalm fashion this is a rather off-handed production -- and please notice that in the first video I cut off a bit of my introduction and while crossing the street I nearly got run down by some truck.

I’ve known Brose Partington for a while and have kept track of his work with the NYC-based Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, but just recently met James Darr who works over at Herron.

In addition to the gallery walk through the installation, I recorded a short discussion with the artists. Thanks for accommodating me, Brose and James.

I’ve been intrigued by the Erstwhile Gallery (I too saw Mike Lyons’ intriguing installation in the space), but really haven’t known what to make of it. Who owns that building, anyway, and what will it become?

4 Responses to “Trophy Visit”

Anonymous said...
April 14, 2008 at 2:18 PM

There're so serious looking...

love Rebecca

Anonymous said...
April 15, 2008 at 10:46 AM

Anonono says:

This seems like two seperate concepts whose connection is being justified in order for them to be shown in one place I don't see the connection clearly without having the statements either written or spoken by the artists and that's a problem for any exhibit.

Even from the subtle attitudes shown on the video, you can even sense their need to physically separate the ideas. Simply put, they don't clearly work in one exhibition, conceptually or physically.

It would have been more intriguing to see the various subjects of the lightboxes represented in a less clip-art-looking style. Perhaps I just don't like clip art, I dunno, but it seems like there could have been a more artful way to say things there.

Kudos on the first floor, however, clever and simple and memorable.

But, seriously, would someone really consider buying this kind of art? I think it's kind of pushing things to even say they would sell it.

Richard said...
April 15, 2008 at 6:51 PM

What I'm reading near the beginning of the video is the Artists' Statement.

I think the video I made is crappy at best; I think you need to see the things in person to really get a sense of the work and the space.

I think there’s a difference between an institution buying this installation and a collector buying for his or her home. Clearly, there it would be harder to install in a home.

The question of “selling it” is interesting, because there was no price tag on the piece, and it is installed in a “gallery” that really isn’t a gallery. As far as I know, the Erstwhile Gallery is temporary at best and the owner is interested in letting artists use the space until the building’s disposition is determined.

However, I’m fairly certain Brose and James would entertain commercial interest.

Anonymous said...
April 19, 2008 at 11:50 PM

I just wanted to say that I understand where the artist's was comming from. I think it was brilliant,two great minds together. From a very personal admirer of James. :) and all the wounderfull artist's that he works with.

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