Unreal Nature

November 17, 2015

The Freedom Granted to Those Who Refuse to Worry Over Imperfection

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… and choose instead to fully inhabit it, just as they do the misshapen forms and blotched and rumbled skin to which humans are inevitable heir. They are no less beautiful for their exquisite awkwardness.

This is from Think with the Senses: Feel with the Mind: Art in the Present Tense by Robert Storr, who was the Director of this 52nd International Art Exhibition (the 2007 Venice Biennale) to which this book was the accompanying catalog, which features a commentary and (optional) statement or quote from the artist. The following is from Storr’s commentary on Franz West:

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… In his art the body is by definition ungainly, and therefore slightly pathetic and more than slightly ridiculous.

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West’s free-standing papier-mâché and mixed-media monoliths, and his gravity bound steel lozenges parody the sleek biomorphism of Arp and Moore, and the painted steel arcs of Calder as well as the industrial-strength elegance of other modernist precursors, while at the same time rescuing public sculpture from standardization and bogus site-specificity by embracing their status as ‘plop-art’ with impertinence and comic candor.

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… the processes and effects that in Richter bespeak an uneasy skepticism about the continued possibility of the modernist project of purifying the medium, in West seem to celebrate the freedom granted to those who refuse to worry over imperfection and choose instead to fully inhabit it, just as they do the misshapen forms and blotched and rumbled skin to which humans are inevitable heir. They are no less beautiful for their exquisite awkwardness.

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From Lawrence Weiner, this quote:

Sculpture by virtue of its state
Presents a material reality that by its presence
Changes the inherent meaning of whatsoever place it finds itself
Bringing about a change in the relationship of human beings &
objects & producing a change in the ambiance
Caveat emptor: it can at times block the way

-Julie

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