Review : Jimmie Durham-Various Items and Complaints


‘Sweet, Light, Crude’, 2008

The great artwork showed at Serpentine Gallery. That is Jimmie Durham’s exhibition, which called Various Items and complaints (1 October- 8 November). Exhibition was consisting of installation arts and drawings. All of his works were really interesting and impressive. Jimmie Durham (born 1940,USA) was born in the USA in 1940, and has been creating artworks across media for the past five decades. He is also a poet, essayist and political activist, and took a central role in the American Indian Movement in the 1970s. Various Items and Complaints is Durham’s first show in a UK institution since 1992 and through the works on display, it is clear that whilst Durham has retired from political campaigning, he continues to practice political activism through his artworks. Durham’s approach is similarly oblique. Sweet, Light, Crude, 2008  consists of oil barrels painted saccharine colours and stenciled with words such as “Honest”, “Brave”, “Fine and “True” which encapsulate the virtues that fine upstanding citizens aspire to. The paradox, of course, is that a society dependent on exploiting oil and other natural resources must rely on less desirable qualities, such as cunning, deception and ruthlessness, to flourish by outwitting the competition.

At the heart of Durham’s practice is a continuous exploration and production of hybrid and seemingly fragmented installations that invite the viewer to reconstitute or reconstruct the underlying signs embedded in his works. His work addresses the political and cultural forces, e.g. the forces of colonialism that constructs our contemporary discourses and challenges our understanding of authenticity in art. Durham has always had an anarchical and political undertone to his work. With stellar shows around the world at the Venice Biennial, Whitney Biennial and Document, Durham has made a name with his playful agility and wry irony with words and materials. Crucially Durham is interested in the deeper meaning behind materials and how man made objects interact with culture.

Durham said ‘ My work might be considered ‘interventionist’ because it works against the two foundations of the European tradition: Belief and Architecture. My work is against the connection of art to architecture, to the ‘statue’, to monumentality. I want it to be investigative, and therefore not ‘impressive’, not believable.’ Through this exhibition the most impressive thing was the artist. Even he is an artist he doesn’t work only an art field. I think, that point is also important to me. Because of the way of think if I have knowledge of other field, it will work into great way for make my art piece. The reason why I thought like that was an idea that will not static, but only an art field. It can lead to my work various way. To sum up, Jimmie Durham’s exhibition was great time to extend way of idea developing.


Review : Southern light stations


Southern light station is a new body of work by noemie Goudal(b.1984, France). It is on the photographer’s gallery. When I visit this gallery, there was quiet atmosphere and in the middle has a round hall which also has several pieces of her work. Almost of works were about sky. One of her work which is named ‘Station V’ and that was the most impressive work. It is a picture by using smoke and flashlight. Due to the contrast of the colour for example black and white it makes me be more concentrated. Also that artwork was really quiet and calm, but also on the other hand, has something intensive feeling.  According to Noémie Goudal, picture was taken at night and she wants to make them to be alive.

This exhibition is consists of entirely new and previously unseen works. it makes Noémie Goudal’s interest in manmade interventions into the natural world, through photographs which portray complex and ambiguous constructions created by the artist within the landscape.To start making her work, she was reading a lot of theories of how the sky was perceived.  It builds on her practice of creating ambiguous geometric constructions placed within a landscape and explores the artist’s enduring interest in our historical, scientific and symbolic relationship with the skies.

Through photographs, stereoscopes and architectural installations, the exhibition aims to explore the intangible nature of celestial space – long considered a mirror of terrestrial turmoil as well as an expression of the sacred. By using other object which or like a magnifier glass or paper, the sky can be more stand out than when it is present just itself. To sum up, this exhibition’s mood was generally calm. However in the clam mood, the pictures were intense. This mood was reached to audience who see this art pieces. And it was great experience to explore about the sky in the other way.

Review : States of Mind: Ann Veronica Janssens’ yellowbluepink


img_2705States of Mind: Ann Veronica Janssens’ yellowbluepink

I got great experience at the Wellcome Collection. The exhibit was called yellowbluepink (Ann Veronica Janssens’ yellowbluepink runs from 15 October 2015 – 3 January 2016. States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness runs from 4 February to 16 October 2016.). This exhibition is use coloured mist and light. Also this space is limited. Before enter the space all visitors need to read a caution sheet to experience the exhibition. First When I walked into this space, the space makes me feel like walking through a mysterious dream that had thick fog. The reason why I felt like that was coloured mist in the space. It completely surrounds me. The mist is unscented and dry. The mist has three of colours yellow, pink, blue.  I couldn’t saw anything and made a guess how big that area was.  From this effects I was caught my eyes by this installation art. In addition, Move forward, I can see colour change yellow to pink and pink to blue. Due to this coloured mist, I can’t see anything except the mist. Thus, this effect is made me concentrate sense and dreamlike feeling strongly.

Ann Veronica Janssens is an artist who makes this interactive work. she wants to explore perception through use of colour and light. According to Janssens, “Nothing is more beautiful than a person’s own perception. I try to push it to its limits.” She wants to look into experience of human consciousness. From this start point, she made sensory art and remind us of the richness of our interaction with the world; a personal universe of experience constructed within the confines of our skulls. Continuing experiments in perception, using light and colour, Janssens has filled the white walled upstairs gallery with a dense mist, brightly lit in various colours through out the space.

The installation aims to deliberately disorientate, but also challenges the very process of perception and the way I interact with my external environment. Becoming active participants in the experiment, visitors are invited to experience a mix of emotions, or as the title of the longer term research project suggests, various states of mind. In addition, like a brainstorming. Before I knew about the aim of this artwork exactly, I just had several words in my head. For instance, dreamlike, colourful, interactive and unconsciousness. The reason why I thought like that is before I knew about the aim of artwork exactly. Janssens hopes that participants will slowly, happily be included by the experience of seeing, and I too eventually submitted myself to the gently tranquilising effect of the room.  Finally, If I have an opportunity to make my work with space or consciousness, I want to start Janssens idea which is about interactive perception.