What Adelina Vlas interested me is not about her project, but about
her initiatives of doing such projects. Maybe just for me, it is kind
of strange to think about a student who achieved her master degree in
an European education institution to work in the states. Based upon my
limited knowledge about the art, Europe would the considered higher
place for art, no matter in exhibitions, or in the making art
processes. Adelina Vlas is from that background, and what she is doing
at PMA is about introducing relatively young and emerging artists in
the modern art area. Modern art is definitely a fresh and controversial
area. For its special characters, it does not need very comprehensive
reflections and other related skills such as preservation, and art
technique studies about it. Also, in her own introduction, when she
introduced the different producing process of the videos, and the
artists' purposes behind the screens, she demonstrated only a few
ideas. Most of them came out with free wills, and also the beginning
So what does a person do in an institute like PMA for modern art?
First of all, I would say "presenting the young artists." Using
Adelina Vlas's program as an example, the artists who she has chosen
are basically from the similar background, artists from Brooklyn, from
a minority culture, etc. They would not be presented along with the
mainstream in the art world. They fit into the positions that could be
considered as appropriate for them, where the platform for them does
not require much more than their own art..
idea is about "new media". Video clips are innovative. So are the black
butterflies decorations, and photo collages. Lack of desperation is one
of the common distributions of modern art. "Well, you know the ideas."
Television and computer are creating more visual people than before.
New media is the best method to express these "complex" situations and
deep thoughts. How would you like this? It is new and we should all
Third, sub-culture and the disappearing sites are important. "The world is flat." Thomas
L. Friedman said. Flatness also means that people could have more,
because they see more. And more importantly, they who have less before
deserve more. In this case, as a sign for fairness and peace, please do
help propaganda for the minor cultures and areas where only have few
resources. Feel sorry and regretful about the dying culture that we
almost missed, and feel shallow when standing in front of the
differences that we could find inspirations from, though they are just
objects that are away from the locations.
Oh, sorry about the negative thoughts.
Maybe this is the modern art is about, critiques.