Archive for February, 2008
I think that I’m finally going to make it out to see the Deb Sokolow exhibit that’s been up for a few weeks now at the Kemper Museum. Here’s how the museum describes it:
“For the Kemper Museum, Sokolow will work directly on the gallery walls to construct a new storyline based on an amateur detective’s attempts to unravel a mystery involving barbecue sauce, food critics, condiment espionage, and Kansas City’s SubTropolis. Written in the second-person and following the narrative structure of a Choose Your Own Adventure-a popular series of children’s books-viewers will assume the role of the central character and determine the fate of the inquisitive detective.”
I’m really and truly, completely unsure of how I’m going to feel about the show–or even how I’m going to determine how I feel about the show. I feel a little like I’m not sure what criteria I’ll need to pull out of the magician’s hat in my mind if I want to decide whether it’s a good show; if I’m having a good time or if I’m learning anything from it.
So I’d like to ask you, our readers to talk, not about this artist or the exhibit, but about what criteria do you bring to seeing a show? What do you look for? Are these criteria consistent, do they vary, and how universal do you think they are? The larger question here is, of course: how do you define quality? how do you place value on an artist’s work (aesthetic, not monetary value)?
I want to hear from a lot of people here. I want 200 comments. This is the one that everyone ought to be able to jump in on–students, starving artists, art stars, non-artists, curators, bloggers, etc. etc. I have some ideas about who reads this thing, and who never leaves any comments. I’ll be frowning at you until you jump in…
I was putting together a power point for my drawing class and just saw that Gallery Henoch has put up some new Eve Mansdorf images. The gallery website won’t let me link straight to Eve’s page, this is as close as I can get you.
I was talking to Anne Thompson the other day, and learned that I’d totally missed out on the fact that the images I posted last week of are reversible paintings. What’s that? Reversible Paintings? The term “Recto/Verso” in the titles is meant to be taken literally. These works have two faces. Anne’s intention is that they be hung on a wall, so that the hang-er decides which face to show, which face to hide.
Here are three images of one work “Recto/Verso: Mit Fingerspitzengefuehl”, 2007.
The text around the edge, by the way, reads “Mit Fingerspitzengefuehl”. According to Anne this literally translates from the German as “with fingertip feeling”, but in common usage means doing something with tact and sensitivity.