Citizenship

Irwin, Acconci, Poundland tat, Anno

Robert Irwin‘s works at MOCA‘s Collection exhibition: Gorgeous. Incredibly well-installed and lit. His flat dot paintings appeared soft and voluminous; the rounded discs read super flat. Really stunning to see them the way they are meant to be perceived.

My interest in art has never been about abstraction; it has always been about experience… My pieces were never meant to be deal with intellectually as ideas, but to be considered experientially.

—Robert Irwin, wall text, Collection at MOCA Grand

Following Irwin’s stellar lecture at Mills College, Vito Acconci will lecture there Wednesday, March 31st, 7:30pm. If the Irwin lecture was any indication, you’d best arrive 30 minutes early.

These odd, home-made product review videos sardonically critiquing cheap goods from Poundland stops (discount stores in the UK). Clearly, you get what you pay for with pathetic, mass-manufactured tat (crap); to review them is an exercise in absurdism. A jaunty Brit attitude keeps it cheeky.

Christine Wong Yap, This Too Shall Pass, 2010, papercut/collage: found cat calendar on fluorescent colored paper


Southern Exposure’s Monster Drawing Rally. I made two collages and had a great time. The Rally is a grand tradition in which artists draw for one hot hour, and collectors and non-collectors fight over who gets to purchase the works for a mere $60, all benefiting the alternative art org. When I see multiple buyers crowd around a work, the capitalist in me thinks about how much money the non-profit organization is losing by not auctioning the works. But selling the works at the fixed price to whoever draws the lucky card is really a fair system that keeps art affordable for everyone. Yay!

I also really like this video, “Spoiling Yosemite,” by artist Kim Anno.

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