Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Art of Installing

  Are you an art enthusiast? Do you like viewing, discussing, curating art?
If yes, then you probably have seen ample number of art installations, I have too. I have seen a lot of installations. I'm sure you have too. This post is going to continue like this. Do not mind, please.
Back to my point. It makes me sad that no one has really rejected it, isnt that how installation art started?
By rejected I mean reject what installation has come down too nowadays. Its about aesthetics, shock, grandness, scale. People have forgotten what art and installation art stood for, originally. Appreciation is immense for all kinds of art, but less for art which doesnt grab attention, isnt 'in your face', doesnt make you go 'aww'. Appreciation isnt what an artist strives for, but its one of the things that keeps him going.

I talk about my installation now. My installation was unornamented and pretentious. I  think my installation is best described by those two words.

If you haven't guessed yet, this is my installation. I created an install file called art using a software. Thus, an art installation, which is precisely what we were asked to do in the first place. Lots of people may call this escapist or cheeky. But I think it proves a point, the point being, an installation doesnt always need elaborate setups, deep meanings, and gory shock. 
This course has made me think a lot about what art has come down to, and how manipulative an artist has to become to make his art appreciated. 

Random Photo Section 

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

                                    The ART of Watching

This post, I think, is aptly named, considering what we did in this weeks class. I think the best learning is done by observation and understanding. 
As usual the class began with an insightful and wise talk by our facilitator regarding art, we went back to the earlier question which never seems to get old, 'What is art?'. An over discussed and ever hated question, but its great fun to discuss nonetheless. 

After our session of discussion we had a movie marathon of some sorts. 
The first movie was called 

In the Mood for Love (2000)

In the Mood for Love (2000) Poster

By Kar Wai Wong 

This movie was a subtle and accurate portrayal of South East Asian politics and culture. However, it isn't literal in anyway. 

The second movie is from Simon Schama's series of video's called The Power Of Art. 
The movie we saw was based on the life story of Marcus Rothkovitz popularly now known as Mark Rothko.

Mark Rothko with one of his paintings

The next movie was on Jackson Pollock, one of America's and the worlds finest artists, he changed the art world with his abstract expressionism, called Pollock. It was a film about his life in detail and all his problems and how he still managed to create some of the worlds most profound art works. 

Pollock (2000) Poster

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

                          The Art of Smiling

If you're reading this...
Congratulations, you're alive.
If that's not something to smile about,

then I don't know what is.

I can give you my opinion on performance art, and give you a large concept note on how I believe a smile in itself is a performance, but I choose not to. I think the quote above says it all in a concise enough manner. 

Here's a video I found on YouTube. Its edited and shortened. Different people smiling, different emotions erupting on each face, in a subtle symphony of a persons cheek bones letting themselves free and teeth showing itself to the world like its the brightest element. 

I'm also adding a new part to my blog which is called random photo, every post from now on, will end with a random photo. 

Random photo of the day

Saturday, 1 February 2014

28th February, 2014

Today's in one word was chaotic. We discussed art (as usual) but this time it wasn't the usual arguments or questions, but the answers and opinions remained the same.
We began the class by discussing the last class and small things which went unnoticed, in the session after lunch we watched a movie on Ai Wei Wei, a Chinese contemporary artist, his art is truly contemporary in every aspect of the word.

After the movie we were divided into 3 groups and each group was given a question, and we had to discuss among st our group and give a presentation ( this conversation was open to questions and speculations, like any other art debate).

Who is an artist?- An artist is an individual who consciously expresses themselves with motive, medium and methodology.


Is it essential for an artist to be an activist?- No, an artist is not essentially an activist, but an activist is an artist.

Who is not an artist?- A non artist is a person who doesn't express with an intention of expressing.

Question for next week: will an artist still be an artist if the viewer fails to recognize the art.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

I've not blogged in really long, and this seems the perfect opportunity to resume this judicious task of blogging. 

This blog is going to be the medium I'll use to express my thoughts, mostly about my course "Installation Art, Modernism to Post-Modernism" and also a few random art works "doodles" if you prefer. 

I'm using helvetica. ha ha ha. 

I'm going to go ahead and use the most cliched way of blogging about a course, cz I can.

Day one-

I'm usually psyched about any course related to art and history of art, and I make that clear to pretty much everyone. This is because I am captivated and gripped by art theory, and everything I can know about it. 
This class for me, was just an instrument for me to acquire more knowledge about the ocean of articles, emotions, stories, controversies, that is art. This course is more specific to a certain form or category of art, i.e installation art. 

We were given ten minutes to research a bit on installation art and look for a installation that we like ourselves and share it with the class with the reason of your liking.

This is the installation I chose
                                         This installation is called 
                                    The Fountain

By Marcel Duchamp

I chose this particular installation because this was one the first art works that really got me thinking more about art. This is a porcelain urinal, with 'R.Mutt' written on it. It is a major landmark in 20th century art. 
I personally was appalled when I first saw it but when I learnt about why it became famous I was awestruck. I thought the same thing Marcel Duchamp thought, if placing a urinal in an art gallery and calling it art can be the sole cause of argument and controversy around the world, anything sure can be art. In this case, the controversy was art. 

We were then asked to choose a space in our campus and make it an art installation without altering or adding anything to it. We just had to give it a title and a brief concept note. 
This is the space me and the other two members of our group chose-

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6/0/7716 AD
6/07/716 AD

This mundane looking setup is a tool we’d like to use to promote the idea of seeing ‘beyond the obvious’, so to say. With this commonplace framework, we wish for the audience to imagine something completely different from its external appearance.

This everyday circuit box, for us, is a key to two different eras – a means for time travel. A door to two different dimensions, per say.

We’ve made a play on its catalogue number (random lol) – 607716 in this case, to take us on a journey to two different times – one, in the past, to the 6th of July, 716 AD, and one, in the future, to the 6th of the ‘Zero’ month (a hypothetical month that was/will be, most definitely), in the year 7716 AD.

The loose wire holder is, in essence, the knob that is to be used in order to open the portal. Once it is turned three times in the clockwise direction and then once in the anti-clockwise, the metal plate in the center shifts to the side to reveal an opening with a blend of historical/futuristic ‘events’, per say, that are coded in binary. Where it takes you depends on its mood, for it is mildly sentient (as in with life).

At least, that is our theory.

The installation serves to offer a method for extending perspective, imagination and visualization. We do not wish to limit ourselves to only one route of ideation.

How, according to you, does this space qualify as an art installation?

Think about it.