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Installation art

  1. 1. A Brief Overview of Installation Art Daniela Casalino
  2. 2. A Definition - Creating an environment - Viewing becomes an experience, participation - Arranged on location - Commemorated through documentation - Evoke emotions, associations, thoughts, longings, moods
  3. 3. Background – Where did it begin? - 1970s - Marcel Duchamp, ready-mades - Gutai Group - 1954 - Social activism - Pieces become an experience to express a message - Constantly questioning boundaries of art, affect on society
  4. 4. Water, Gutai Group, 1956/2011
  5. 5. Three Important Figures Kara Walker Judy Pfaff Félix Gonzáles – Torres
  6. 6. Kara Walker - 1969 – present - Silhourettes, storytelling - Race, gender, sexuality, violence, identity - Historical realism, fantastical
  7. 7. - Presents themes as an absurd theatre - Romanticizing the antebellum south - Inspired by Gone with the Wind - “Silhouette leads to avoidance of the subject. You can’t look at them directly.” Rise Up Ye Mighty Race! 2013
  8. 8. - Moved from California to Georgia - Stone Mountain - Meaning of “black” and “white” America - Exchanges of power - Inspired by historical painting - Freeze frame, characters on a stage - Near life sized silhouettes Insurrection! (Our Tools Were Rudimentary, Yet we Pressed On), 2000 Insurrection! - slave revolt - Pre – Civil War - Destroying the master - Overhead projector engages viewers - Skirting the line between fiction and reality
  9. 9. - Cyclorama - Surrounds viewer, forces them to take park in the experience - Narrative The Means to an End: A Shadow Drama in Five Acts. 1995
  10. 10. Judy Pfaff - 1946 – present - Pioneer of installation art - Mixed media, colorful, physical - “Collagist in space”
  11. 11. - Anticipation, surprise - Exuberant, sprawling installations - Weaving landscape, architecture, color - Creates based on personal emotions of the moment cirque, CIRQUE, 1993. Steel, aluminum, stainless steel cable, blown glass, automotive laquer paints
  12. 12. Buckets of Rain, 2006. Made with wood, steel, wax, plaster, fluorescent light, paints, black foil, expanding foam - About labor invested in installations - Abstractionist, high precision and spontenaity
  13. 13. Neither Here Nor There, 2003. Made with mechanical tubing, wood, rigid foam, paint, tape - On Neither Here Nor There: “She seems to get order and disorder working for her at the same time. It’s a very contemporary quality, given our lives today.” – New York Times - Intentional “randomness”
  14. 14. Félix Gonzáles – Torres - 1957 – 1996 - American, Cuban-born, raised in Puerto Rico - Gay - 1979 – moves to NYC - 1980 – participates in the Whitney Independent Study program, influenced by critical theory - Critical theory – philosophical approach to culture, confronts social, historical, ideological forces at work
  15. 15. Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star, 1993 - quiet, minimalistic installations - Used ready-mades like clocks, lights, stacks of paper, packaged candies - Reflection of experience with AIDS - 1987 – joined Group Material
  16. 16. “Untitled”, 1991. Made with offset printer paper - Majority of works are entitled “Untitled” - Works undergo process: lights flicker out, candy is dispersed, paper shifted - Everything is art and everything is temporary - Confronting elitism in artistic community “Untitled” (Revenge), 1991. Made with light blue candies wrapped in cellophane
  17. 17. “Untitled”, 1991 - Billboard installation - 24 locations in NYC - After death of long-time partner from AIDS
  18. 18. How does installation art connect to the past and other cultures? - Renaissance - Artistic obsession with creating virtual realities - End of 19th century question tradition and rules - Impressionism, Surrealism, Cubism, etc - Gutai Group, 1950s Japan - Connects to socio-political groups to make a statement
  19. 19. Berlin Wall – Asisi Panorama - View from West to East Berlin - Reminder of past - Near Checkpoint Charlie Yadegar Asisi, The Berlin Wall, 2012
  20. 20. Connecting: Now and Then Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People, 1830 Insurrection! (Our Tools Were Rudimentary, Yet We Pressed On), 2000
  21. 21. - Romanticism (1800s) - Repressed subjects, cry for change - Epic - Rich color palate - Little room for interpretation
  22. 22. - Installation (1970s – present) - Fairy tale narrative - Nostalgic and critical - Exaggerated silhouettes, unrealistic representation
  23. 23. Both romanticize brutality Differing degrees of subtlety, call for change

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