While the art world is in lockdown due to COVID19, one thing art aficionadxs can do is experience it online. This is not serious art. You’re not getting wall label style explanations. It’s silly, or funny or both and maybe a bit political. Just browse.
So here we go.
This Bas Jan Ader moving image might precisely encapsulate how we feel right now.
Bas Jan Ader (1942-1975?) created a kind of artistic practice I can’t pin down why, why it matters, and why it’s art. But it is. It just is. He fell in LA and fell again in Amsterdam, and he cried and fell again. He sailed away to never be seen again.
So in this e-exhibition, there should be some Laure Provoust, check out an excerpt from How To Make Money Religiously here https://vimeo.com/179130242
It’s silly, it’s provocative, it’s dramatic, it’s what we want.
This brings us to Hito Steyerl, How Not to be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File, 2013. No. Explanation. Necessary.
I would usually refrain from addressing Maurizio Cattelan’s work. But fuck it. Here’s a banana taped on a wall. It’s conceptual, okay. Artists have gotten away with weirder things.
Here are some chicken knickers by Sarah Lucas.
Nathaniel Mellors creates seriously weird art. Dystopian comes to mind. But then a highly fictionalized version. I hope, at least. You can check out some of his work here: https://contemporaryartdaily.com/2016/04/nathaniel-mellors-at-the-box/
Cindy Sherman always a hoot (most of the times at least). While her self-portraits offer critiques of gender and identity, examines and distorts femininity as a social construct, ya know, it’s also funny. “I like making images that from a distance seem kind of seductive, colorful, luscious and engaging, and then you realize what you’re looking at is something totally opposite,” she reflected. “It seems boring to me to pursue the typical idea of beauty, because that is the easiest and the most obvious way to see the world. It’s more challenging to look at the other side.”
I can also include some Modern art examples
Yes, lobster on a phone and poop of the artist (he made 90). So, who said art couldn’t be funny heh.