My eye, some challenges. The world in its reality or dreamt
Mon oeil, des défis. Le monde dans sa réalité ou rêvé.
Street artist and French photographer JR was commissioned by the French government to plaster photos of ordinary people throughout the Panthéon, so they may “enter the temple devoted to illustrious men” like Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo and Émile Zola. For the final installation, JR installed 4,160 anonymous faces on the scaffolding on the exterior of the landmark, and within the mausoleum itself.
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Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira (previously) recently completed work on his largest installation to date titled Transarquitetônica at Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade in São Paulo. As with much of his earlier sculptural and installation work the enormous piece is built from tapumes, a kind of temporary siding made from inexpensive wood that is commonly used to obscure construction sites. Oliveira uses the repurposed wood pieces as a skin nailed to an organic framework that looks intentionally like a large root system. Because the space provided by the museum was so immense, the artist expanded the installation into a fully immersive environment where viewers are welcome to enter the artwork and explore the cavernous interior. Transarquitetônica will be on view through the end of November this year, and you can watch the video above by Crane TV to hear Oliveira discuss its creation.
This is a parody of Richard Notkin’s All Nations Have Their Moment of Foolishness, a 2006 portrait of George W. Bush, in which I have replaced Bush with an image of Notkin himself. Notkin writes that his work is a “visual plea for sanity” and I consider mine to be nothing less. Primarily, my piece is a critique of an entire sub-genre of ceramic art, arguably epitomized by Notkin’s work, wherein the focal point for the political content is imagery. I contend that political imagery does not necessarily equate to political action and that therefore such representational work is passive and ineffectual within the political sphere.