wang zi won, is an artist that does mechanical buddhas. This seems to mix themes of mine, religion technology. A lot of our hopes are enmeshed with technology for further survival in this material world. Could it be speaking of this transference?
He claims to be talking about hether or not it is possible to maintain spirituality in this age in which we live. of cyborg’s clones machines… is it still possible to be human he asks?
friezes from the parthenon which my work. Partly through use of plaster looks, slightly similar to, I think the whiteness of maerial adds a certain elegance to these pieces, and my own. My work however still contains a shodiness/ doesn’t look like it was ever perfect. It is in a way evident that the ageing is artificial perhaps demonstrating somehting nostalgic within me.
Perhaps the whimsy also shows this. NOSTALGIC
Classic case of primitivism in Modernism, also alluded to by Kandinsky amongst others (art Brut)
these artists often viewed priitve work in terms of art(like african masks etc.) perhaps amistake, parhaps robbing them of their context.
This is all debatable.
I am inside viewing art as a primitive ritual. Somewhat flipping the coin. Or maybe the last remenants of it. This is a postmodern stab at the primitive, a freudian/marxist lust for the oceanic oneness of natural living. Without worries.
I have eaten the fruit of knowledge though. SO my work is often ruined. You cannot unlearn. So where to go? Is science an option?
Sci Fi has often been theme in my work and may be again for this reason, envisageing mad alternative futures, planets worlds.
Sounds like fun too, and would not (necessarily) have to get too conceptual.
Magcien de la trre, an exhibition at the pompidou centre, recommended to me by sheila. Captures something of the magic of “primitive art” but in a sofisticated an effective way. the non-white wall nature of the work affects me as it is something I hold dear to me in my work. Finding a way to effectively portray this will be an imprtant mission for the rest of my year.
Louise Bourgoisie, she deals with the uncanny, creepy and gender, somehting I subtly explore towards the edges of my work. On a more personal level for me though. There’s somehting very feminine about this, it is beautifull yet slightly disgusting.
I am interested in genitals too, they are very universally something images.
archetypal? sort of but suprising. Basic definitely. Psychological triggers. I dunno
use of materials, very throw away, waste re-used. The gorilla as a motif draws me, they are primitive primal, and related to humans quite closely. Very striking, seems to have something of a degenerate society about it.
Thomas Hirschorn uses similar material methods to me, quite make shift, found arranged. However he has a sweeping statement to make something which as discussed with Alfie Strong I don’t really want my worjk to make. I have a personal approach and understanding to my work. Others can have theirs. I am cynical nowadays, which will manifest in someway or another, perhaps I am being slightly nihilistic. But even this entails taking a position, something I would choose not to. Am I cutout to be an artist?
Impression iii, kandinksy painting pure sound, getting swept away by a wave of pure music, and abstraction too, synaesthesia. Art could build a better society(according to him), this is great. utopian though. How practical is it./ Now we are post-modern, my work is perhaps therefor emore cynical and dissilusioned, or at least even if it is hiopeful that is what it faces.
A founder of art brut his work is primitive, like an early cy twombly, something that could be envisioned scratched in caked mud on the wall of a cave or hut. Doodled in paint in the eastern most wing of a west african mental asylum. He loved it pure and simple this is honest this is the principle of inner necessity according to kandinsky.
Jimmie Durham, looked at themes of nationality, and countries history. He made work that was often impermanent questioning architectures permanence. His cultural position as a native americain making art is what interests me, This more…. direct acess to a now near extinct culture, but then choosing to deal with it in the western cultural sphere to raise awareness. Has he lost all credibility in doing this?
Orientalism is a dangerous fish to fry and one I have to be aware of, How am I meant to portray other cultures without being racist? especially when England has such a long history of colonial bastarding.