e-experience art

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.

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FALL 2 (DETAIL) © THE ESTATE OF BAS JAN ADER / MARY SUE ADER ANDERSEN
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I’m too sad to tell you© Estate of Bas Jan Ader/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
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Bas Jan Ader, Studies for Broken fall (geometric), 1971 © Estate of Bas Jan Ader/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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 

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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.

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Maurizio Cattelan, Comedian, for sale from Perrotin at Art Basel Miami Beach. Photo by Sarah Cascone.

 

Here are some chicken knickers by Sarah Lucas.

 

Chicken Knickers 1997 by Sarah Lucas born 1962
Sarah Lucas, Chicken Knickers (1997) Rights of the artist.

 

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/ 

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Nathaniel Mellors, still from Neanderthal Container, 2014

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.”

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Cindy Sherman, rights of the artist and Metro Pictures

 

I can also include some Modern art examples

Lobster Telephone 1936 by Salvador Dal? 1904-1989
Salvador Dalí
Lobster Telephone
1936© Salvador Dali, Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation/DACS, London 2020
Artist's Shit 1961 by Piero Manzoni 1933-1963
Piero Manzoni
Artist’s Shit
1961 © DACS, 2020

Yes, lobster on a phone and poop of the artist (he made 90). So, who said art couldn’t be funny heh.

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