The Brooklyn Rail, in their InConversation section, sat down with Jeffrey Deitch, former director of LAMOCA to chat about his views on contemporary art, where it is and where it is going, or more so, where he would like it to go. The interview is based around an ideology of today’s art world is continuing to break down the walls between insider and outsider using street art and disco as examples as support. Follow the link below to get there
Kennedy Overcast, 2013
Acrylic on canvas
24″ x 30″
Evening Windows, 2013
Acrylic on canvas
36″ x 48″
I was pretty taken aback with Olivia Schreiner’s paintings when i showed up for the Midwestern Appropriation opening on Sunday. Without delving too far into it, I was initially taken by the use of the neon colors in a seemingly “classy way.” There was nothing stark about the paintings leaving them in a comfortable, approachable state. Even in their neonness, None of the paintings were screaming “LOOK AT ME.” A statement one can rarely make.
This is the article I mentioned last time when we were talking about Air Guitar. I think they are not similar in talking about art. But the way how they look back has something similar. What he write in this article give me a clue to see how an art critic see the art world 20 years ago which I can’t imagine and no chance to experience, even now. And in the same time I’m curious about the transformation he mentioned which “Art doesn’t have to be shown in New York”. It take of his pride in a way, but for me it’s not only about art in different major cities, but about the challenging of hegemonic in the art world. Though it’s a cliche, I think this is also a crucial question for an international artist to rethink, what’s does “career” mean for being an artist and why we have to go to bigger cities, for conversation, for more opportunities? What we gave up? Do we have any responsibilities to our original culture? What does “location” mean to an artist. This is what I constatnly think about and come up again by this article.