Saturday, June 4, 2016

Installations: a Variety, both Tasty and Challenging


Below: 1980’s two views of the early avant-garde installation Walter De Maria's ‘The Earth Room', 141 Wooster Street, in New York City’s SoHo district.




ABOVE: Walter De Maria's "New York Earth Room" contains more than 280,000 pounds of soil. (Dia Art Foundation)
As described by William Powers
Special to The Washington Post
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
     “The scent of soil arrested my nostrils as I stepped into "The New York Earth Room" in Manhattan's trendy SoHo district, 141 Wooster Street. Before me: a fortune in indoor floor space tied up with nothing more than 280,000 pounds of loamy dirt.
Stunned, for several minutes I could do little but stare. Light poured in through several windows, glistening on the textured soil. I vaguely registered the muted sound of a cab passing outside. Only a knee-high sheet of Plexiglas separated me from the dirt. There were no other visitors, but that  was not particularly surprising. The art installation is way too avant-garde to advertise, or even put up a sign out front; you have to hear about it from someone in the know.”

Sometime in 1980,  I read an article about DeMaria's installation, probably in The New York Times, and began making plans to see this “installation,” (a brand- new word in my vocabulary). gathered my family and drove south to view this curious “art work.” It was a beginning of sorts for me in the arts.

I found that Powers’ words were exactly correct, as the images above declare.

Then, some years later, in 2004, we visited my hometown of Poughkeepsie, NY, to observe the anniversary of the first voyage of Henry Hudson up the river, now bearing his name.  Part of the celebration, which included picnics, collegiate crew races, and food.,  We were not expecting an artistic moment.

. But the consummate thrill came from a serendipitously arranged installation. The opening of a public installation called “Bridge Music”, a project initiated and arranged by composer Joseph Bertolozzi of Beacon, N.Y. (Released 2008).  S  Yyears later, afer considerable fund-raising and technical planning, Bertolozzi and his crew went to Paris, France, where they  recorded the girders’ similar voice from the iconic Eiffel Tower.[Joseph Bertolozzi'sTower Music” At Vassar College.  The recording was relessed in 2008]Hudson Valley News Network-Apr 22, 2016
Bertolozzi’s careful navigation of the considerable political, artistic and organizational challenges guided Tower Music to completion through waters fortuitously free of protocols. Notoriously protective of images of their iconic structure, the French embraced Bertolozzi’s project to make it sing.
   Then, on the way back to North Carolina, we searched (it's secluded) and finally found the Storm King Art Center in Windsor, NY.  We traveled the grounds and were absolutely astounded  by Goldsworthy’s Storm King Wall, below, and Wavefield by Maya Lin.

Andy Goldsworthy Wall


Artists’ food installations require a spot to create the piece but also taking advantage of the piece as Performance art.
United Brothers (Ei Arakawa and Tomoo Arakawa),
Below: Does This Soup Taste Ambivalent?

Tiravanija, Rirkrit Mixed media, 2002.
This artist creates & shares Thai food for colleagues. It confronts the question: is it an installation or performance art?                                                             Image result for r. tiravanija

Bader, Darren (b. Bridgeport, CN, 1978) Fortune Cookie for the 2014 Biennial 

Darren Bader, Actually I don’t digress any more …or I mean I don’t call my digressions ‘digressions’ any more. I call them Sympathetic –Richard Horowitz, Courtesy the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, Photograph by Sebastiano Pellion di Persano

Below: Darren Bader, installation view of More Buildings About Songs and Food, Sadie Coles HQ, London, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London

Stanabook,Stephan J.( b. Cleveland, Ohio,1965, US). Shanabrook is an American conceptual artist, who lives and works in New York City and Moscow, Russia.
Suicide bomber (in chocolate)


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