Thursday, February 4, 2010

short lived

Ephemeral work interests me, maybe because I appreciate the anti-commodity art movement. Maybe I just love the idea of a short-lived experiment. A moment that exists and is then gone is a reflection of life and should be cherished.

Within the fine arts, Robert Barry inspires me. He challenged the physical limits of art through "invisible" instillation; photo documentation of one of his Inert Gas instillations moves me the most; the scene in one photo contains a lonely desert setting and an upright, yet slightly crooked gas can—maybe or maybe not—emitting a fume. The act of documenting invisible gas is hilarious to me.

Specific to type, I would drape my affinity on Stefan Sagmeister’s ephemeral designs and his application of non-traditional materials. I can’t say that all of his work is especially beautiful to me, but I will bow to a man who allows an intern to carve an AIGA lecture invitation on his nude and unimpressive body. Since the lecture was held at the Post Modern hub, Cranbrook, the outrageous method was cohesive to the message. Another Sagmeister work I adore was placed within an exhibition titled, Things I Have Learned so Far; 7,200 bananas glued to a wall spelled out the message, Self Confidence Produces Fine Results. (I should take note.) The last Sagmeister piece that I will gush over is a series of billboards titled, Trying to Look Good, Limits my Life. The message is both honest and deeply penetrating; the materials include tree branches, a fence, grass and a pool.

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