Anne Ferran - Untitled
from the Longer than life series 1997-99
Art Link Vol 27 no 1 The word as art
Post Card from China: 900 years of kneeling – Censored
In this piece Jin Feng maintains a continuing interest in ‘problem people’. Focusing on socio-philosophical issues, he tests the limits of tolerance. His work also challenges public prejudices against those he sees as too easily condemned. The piece consists of two iron statues of Quin Hui a Chancellor of the Song Dynasty and Lady Wang who are stood up. In China there are statues of Quin Hui and Lady Wang which are kneeling for forgiveness for eternity as they were regarded as traitors after being affiliated with the persecution and execution of a general who fought for the song called Yue Fei. They still kneel near the burial site of Yue Fei the statues have had measures taken to protect them but it is still a tradition to spit and curse at the statues families even encourage their young children to do the same. This still happens even though it is now understood by historians that the reigning emperor at the time Emperor Gaozong is as much to blame for the death of Yue Fei as Quin Hui and Lady Wang. Jin Feng in his work is trying to show the public that it is time to let go of the persecution of those in the past they love to hate and he feels that Quin Hui and Lady Wang have knelt for too long and now deserve to stand up and not be subjected to their memory being physically and verbally abused daily. The artist may also be making the point that histories are open to interpretation.
Title:A Matter of TimeAuthor/s | Creator/s:Redza PIYADASADescription:The work is part of the section ‘Position Papers’ in the Gwangju Biennale 2008, Korea. The title for this biennale is ‘Annual Report: A Year in Exhibitions’.
Excerpt from The 7th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Korea, 2008, p. 43-44: ‘(…) the 7th Gwangju Biennale, structured around three intersecting axes: “On the Road,” with its resonances of Kerouac, a wild journey of self-discovery, but also a workmanlike survey of developments; “Position Papers” with its air of taking stock of the exhibition, how it is to be deconstructed and rephrased; and “Insertions,” with its sense of announcements, notices, and events unpacking their freight of significance.’Artwork-Medium:Found objects with acrylic on boardArtwork-Dimensions | Length:99cm x 148cm x 122cmYear of Creation:1977Exhibition | Event Title:The 7th Gwangju BiennaleDuration of Happening:5 September - 9 November 2008Year of Happening:2008Place of Happening:South KoreaOrganised by:Gwangju Biennale Foundation (Gwangju - South Korea)
Journal on the history of collections Vol 26 no 1
The new bookbinder journal of designer book binders Vol 33 2013.
Art Link Vol 21 No 2 Art and childhood
Les Murray - Creativity is the wound you receive in childhood that never heals.
Hurt 2001 is a Docu-drama created by Phillip Crawford and Matthew Priestly which gave 250 children from rural and small town areas In Australia the opportunity to tell their story with their own images and in their own words. The film is described as “challenging, haunting and ultimately uplifting” Hurt relays occurrences from the lives of the chosen young people whose faces bare the marks and lines of experiences beyond their years. Brutality, beauty and loneliness seen through the eyes of a child. The children involved included criminals and thieves, sufferers of mental illness and some who were homeless. The film incorporates portraits, stories, image based scenes, songs, docu-drama scenes, comedy scenes and connecting narratives to create this representation of the children’s experiences and involved them at every step of the way. The film was made possible by an award winning Australian non-profit arts company called BIG hART who pilot art based projects that are designed to re-engage marginalized people with their community.
Today I spent the day researching in the library reading journals and magazines.
I enjoy reading a magazine called Art Link which is based in Australia and the library had every volume so I flicked through and picked out the issues that sounded as though they may be relevant to my project.
Art Link Vol 22 no 4 p16 New museums New art
Des Griffin - Museums for the 21st century: entertainers or big challenging ideas?
I found this article really interesting as it is something I focused on in my extended essay and something that I want to address in my new work. In the article it says museums fail to distinguish themselves from theme parks, too much reliance on technology and interactives. Museums have started to have less of their collections on show which is the idea of a museum to experience objects from history and to learn about the period it comes from and imagining who it belonged to and what it was used for. Museums have dumbed down laying everything out for visitors and using technology to make up their own interpretations so that they don’t leave any room for imagination and true story telling. In my work I want to make sure I stay true to the histories of the stories I collect and represent them well through the visuals scents textures etc that I choose.