Tag: sculpture

Tony Oursler – ‘Theres gold in the kitsch’

Tony Oursler – ‘Theres gold in the kitsch’

I’ll admit it, there was a time where I didn’t really ‘get’ video work. Alas times change.

More recently I’ve been exploring the possibilities of projection and looking at the work of Tony Oursler, who merges video, sculpture and installation, constantly expanding its potential, in a bid to physically embody thought.

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Ourslers’ collection of Phantasmagoria ephemera was on display last year in France, as well as the travelling projection piece, Influence Machine, which has been shown since 2009. This sees projections onto smoke and trees outdoors, its really intriguing and encouraging to see hes interest in the subject played out in his work. I really enjoy the inclusiveness of this, as maybe not everyone would go see it in a gallery, but it can certainly be enjoyed by all outdoors.

Many of the artists I have been drawn to of late all seem to be from CalArts. Tony Oursler and Mike Kelley where peers, ‘Poetics’ band mates and collaborators, brimming with raw intelligence and criticality.

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The Poetics Project, Centre Pompidou, France, 2013

Artnet asked Oursler what was his connection to kitsch…”I’m very fascinated with kitsch, pop art began alot of dismantling with the high low issues in america. There’s a real interest in exploring the kitsch, why things are kitsch for my generation, i think there’s gold in the kitsch’. I love this statement and couldn’t agree more.

I used to collect fastidiously, from a young age I roamed car boot sales and flea markets every weekend with my parents. Making small purchases, growing the collections and continuously re-arranging them. Small porcelain animals, to 60’s domestic products, like boxed wash gloves and shoe protectors for the highly aesthetic graphics, different packaging including printed plastic bags to Fiendish Feet yoghurt pots which had legs. I could go on.

 

The Videotapes of Tony Oursler by John Minkowsky

In the Studio with Tony Oursler by Michael Kimmelman

 

Peter Sarkisian – Neo Folk Art?

Peter Sarkisian – Neo Folk Art?

American artist Peter Sarkisian, uses sculpture and video projection in a bid to turn how we have been trained to watch video imagery through television, into an experience of self awareness, where we are no longer solely watching, but actively consider the experience.

He’s most recent body of work, VideoMorphic sees intricate and high contrasting hues projected onto 3-D printed sculptures. Its seems quite perverse. Its so unusual because in one instance I can understand it, I know its a 3-D surface with a projection on it, but once the projection begins it takes on a whole new level, I cannot join the plain colour surface, with the surface during projection with all its apparent moving elements. I guess this is Peter Sarkisians intention. I became aware of what I understand, but feel what I understand is not accurately assisting me in processing the new experience.

Could this be considered a type of new folk art? I will have to think about that…

I also like the work below, Pounding Study from 2004, Its worth watching the video.

 

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Peter Sarkisian: Pounding Study, 2004
kurt Schwitters – Merzbau

kurt Schwitters – Merzbau

I found myself in the process of marking my space in the studio. Taking control of how much light enters the space, I blocked out the light and created a suspended ceiling with curved sides.

It was an attempt to create a more appropriate space to assist in my projections. So I hope its suited to the job.

Kurt Schwitters created what he called his greatest living work, the ‘Merzbau’, a space with 3-D structures growing from the floor, ceiling and projecting out of the walls. In this altered space he created his so called merz paintings, and merz sculptures up until 1937.

Merz is a snippet of the German word for commerce, Commerz!

Image information: The Hannover Merzbau by Kurt Schwitters. Photo by Wilhelm Redemann, 1933. From MoMA website