Tuesday, March 13, 2012

PINCHING another artist's work

Some thoughts on the subject of art:

A quote from Nick Briz @ fnewsmagazine.com...

Conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner said, “Once you know about a work of mine-- you own it. There’s no way I can climb inside somebody’s head and remove it.”

If an artist decides [s]he wants to horde the work, that’s their prerogative. However, if the artist decides to show the work, even to a single human being [s]he has to understand the work now belongs in some way to the two of them, that single viewer/listener/reader is free to interpret/mis-interpret, to understand/mis-understand, to love/hate.

So, a conversation has been initiated, a relationship formed — there now exists a bond between the maker and the receiver for which the work is a glue that sticks to both. Furthermore, if the artist decides to put the work “out into the world” [s]he has to understand that in the mere act of distribution the work is re-contextualized — and while the artist can have some influence on it’s re-contextualization (i.e. in deciding where first to exhibit/distribute a work) by nature, [s]he cannot have full control over it."

--It explains a lot---I think