will be translated..soon..gallery visiting notes - [自己的字]
About Matisse, about what we use the past to create right now
I do not know how can a person comprehend a show, or how a show appropriately has its impact on a person. It is obvious to tell that people are attracted by titles, names, and works that seem rare and elegant. On the other hand, that is a purpose for a museum to exist. People have the eager to fill up their curiosity for excavating all the secrets from the past. In this case, can the revolution in art shows and curating process happen in occasions like museums? However, without the institutional reputation’s influence how can a revolution happen?
The intention of a show, particularly a show that carries a prominent artist’s name, always could become slightly different from its original one. The Matisse’s show is definitely a blockbuster show for the newly open building of PMA. On the other hand, the content of the show is not really restricted as well. From the educational purpose, this show does provide a wide range for viewers to generate comparisons and comprehension of the theme. However, the interrupted Picasso painting and the ordinary arrangements of several painting parallel in one line are kind of boring. I cannot help thinking if the curator planned this show in a rush or just to fill the demand of the museum.
Some exhibitions that I have seen recently brought me an indifferent feeling. They all happen to coincide with the fast food culture nowadays. Not too much value, but a lot of information. It might be a new trend to put together a show. Let the viewers to decide which part to evoke their best interests, and study that part only. It is also sad to think about breaking a show apart. But, in my position, I prefer to study an art show like this Matisse show in this show, and to be frank, in order not to be disappointed.
A show, especially when its purpose is not just focused on the show itself, probably would make its outcome less remarkable. It is like the teachers try to design the curriculum merely to fit with students’ major requirement and grades. Maybe in a highly developed commercial society like America, art is not only about beauty and knowledge. It has to include some promotion skills. However, what if the results are like the story “Tom and the Wolves”, in the end, no one would trust all the posters that much anymore.
Under VOX’s raw ceiling
I love the trip to VOX, even though I am not sure about my future visits there. Andrew has no easily approachable personality traits. In fact, I would love to see more and more places like VOX and people like Andrew to continually keep these alternative art spaces. In the art society, there are classes as well. These little raw galleries which are supported by grants and volunteers, and most of their funds come from [individuals], especially important in the art community. They are the civilian level in the world. They do not have too much ambition and moreover do not need to become very influential and revolutionary. They could be the laboratory for artistic inventions. They could [be] the free field for emerging youth. They could be the eyes to seek out talents. None of them would become a long-term or extremely respected institution. But none of their kind will end in this art relay.
The huge machine of the art world needs to balance its weight. Maybe I am not a person who is easy to get myself into a competitive mood, but I do wish to see more different roles and more cooperation. Don’t doubt that a small group thoughtful and responsible people has the power to change the world.
Under VOX’s raw ceiling, the only thing is my mind is please let me do this throughout. Not being bothered by any whatever "big futures" issues. Just do and finish it simply and purely. The most painful thing of losing faith is to lose actions. The most painful part of losing actions is to lose ability of sense all one has lost.
Reflection on Money and Dream
I was going to write the title as “Reflection on Reality and Dream”. Then I realized that these two things are almost the same. So why even bother? Class has begun for a few times. I love being evolved in the discussion with people. Most of the time curators talk about their daily duties. However, I always can sense a feeling that in this field, there are more unexplored areas to reach and discover. I think that is one of the reasons that I choose to stop into this field.
However, from the questions of other students, I can also feel an eagerness for the career path. Making a living surely is quite important. The article about “alternative space” that the professor sent out in the assignment also concerns about the future and development of art spaces and galleries. Art as part of the culture is really important. It is not only something to show off one’s thoughts, but also something to direct and open a new mind. People in all other areas which are considered as making-better-money jobs actually need innovation. No matter in techniques, managing skills, and doing basic jobs, creation is essential. I am a little bit sad that when people think art as useless or luxury things. I will say NO and extremely loudly.
Because I never see a person walking without thinking anything, that is art all about.
Curating is a skill to learn. However, to me, it is more about an attitude an attitude to generate a much broader knowledge. It is not like design or whatever this art school teaches, needs or requires a certificate. When taking this class, I feel fulfilled and really educated. Is not this the education all about? Or money is the big issue, which I believe so. But here? In school? It is like asking a parent which one is more important for his or her kid, food or good influence.
An Empty Space
Duchamp manipulates the relationship between him and the museum through the way that he creates his art. It generates a discourse about the power behind the exhibition scene. One biggest raising question and concern in the curating field is about the institution and art themselves. It is a tradition for art and artists to finally settle inside an institute. A tradition means that this norm and set of conventions have been formed through a long time. Through this period, certain concepts and rules have been established and planted into people’s mind.
Institutes provide a space to contain culture (art), also to repress the degree of freedom. Curators, who as part of the institute from this traditional perspective, should make a judgement depending upon this “rebellious” trend - a trend for artists’ freedom and fairness. Also, curators should according adjust their traditional method of judging and collecting.
Furthermore, creativity is not the only priority for curators now. Besides that, critical thinking and an open-minded attitude is considered as significant characters in curating. Curators delivery information by visual messages. An exhibition is not only a space, but more like a medium to convey messages and social discourses, just like languages and art itself.
Another way to broaden one exhibition’s meaning is to associate different aspects, but not the aspects from knowledge, but from cultures. Based on the development of a more wide-angled art world, multi-cultural perspectives also becomes a goal that curator pursuit. Exhibition is gradually making its transition from a one-person show to a cooperation-orientated project. Multi-perspectives would not only attract more art work to be shown, but also a great way to lead artists how to make arts and have an educational influence both for the public and the artists.
How to detach a figure (artist, curator, or institute) from the center of the exhibition? Leave the empty space for discourse and free thoughts. It is a significant thing that curators should address.