Thursday, May 25, 2006

Andreas Slominski

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Andreas Slominski has a big show right now at metro pictures. My first reaction to the new found object paintings - expanded polystyrene, foam, plastic, paint - is man...these are hideous but then I remembered my recent readings from The Critique Handbook and I think there is something to them although I am not exactly sure what yet. I wanted to post the new "paintings" from 2006 in contrast with her older sculptural constructions from the late 90's to show how some artists take risks and create new bodies of works instead of staying in the same vein for years and years. Collectors might get a little bit fidgety but who really wants to look at the same body of work for 50 years? Artists take risks...it is part of the territory...cut them some slack if not every attempt works because it is better to try and fail than to never try at all! OK, enough pep talk for today!
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7 Comments:

Anonymous Antoine said...

First of all the artist is a man.

Next, I can't believe you use a "hitch-hiker's guide to art" to help you manouevre your way through the current art world.

If I go to Paris and eat at the best restaurant, and then haul it out to the back alley to puke it all up -- with two hookers watching: I don't sit down and read a travel guide to tell me why I really did enjoy the moment.

11:14 AM  
Blogger ann said...

First of all...I don't need a book to tell me how to look at art but I feel that it is important and part of the territory to always brush up on art criticism skills. That is why I bought the handbook...it is not an "idiots guide to art" but a quick read of the main points to viewing art (all the points to consider that usually get overlooked)...something that everyone needs reminding of sometimes. Most people view art based on their initial reaction of the piece or personal comparisons to it. It is important to remember the aesthetics to art and what is there beyond the initial reaction of "I like it" or "hate it". In fact an art professor recommended the read and I would recommend it to everyone as well:)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0131505440/103-7027362-4121415?v=glance&n=283155

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Hamster Hands said...

antoine, you remind me of my younger days when I used to laugh at the roller rink at people trying to skate for the first time. I'm sure your first sexual encounter with another human went exactly as planned, just like in some Vivid porn movie. Mine wasnt so smooth, lasted about a minute and I came all over her thigh.

Ann is a very smart artist who is entering new teritory by experimenting with presenting crits about shows she has seen. Its not easy and not alot of people can show you how its done and done well. Ann is doing pretty good, her little Crit jems to our backwater hovel here in michigan are like rays of sunshine on a grey fall day. I two years I will bet we will all start seeing her articles in national print.

Just like Nolan and Friends, they are sharing thier experiments with us. Dont be mad if you get a little cum on your thigh or bump your head on the headboard of the bed. Its all good in the long run. Its not like they are building Pinto's. What they are doing wont kill anyone.

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

HERE! HERE! Hamster!

12:57 PM  
Anonymous antoine said...

Stand by my comments.

Ann's initial reaction was the right one -- for her. Go with what you believe. Not what you're told to. Take a risk, as a critic as well. Always go with your gut.

10:59 PM  
Anonymous Christina said...

This stuff is great. And proves Detroit has been culturally globalized. This show could be anywhere, even NYC.

I walked into PPOW in 1985 and stumbled onto the gallery renovating, putting up drywall etc. I was about to excuse myself when I realized I'd actually stumbled onto the actual exhibition of dust and layed-about tools and debris etc.

To see these same sort of ideas playing out in Detroit 20 years later is a mind-blast. Kudos to the boys!

(The PPOW artists were: Swiss artists PETER FISCHLI and DAVID WEISS who have, since the late 1970s, collaborated in producing cunning, devious and very funny works that play with our expectations of the everyday. In a wide variety of formats, including photography, video, film, installation, and sculpture, Fischli and Weiss have found a way to consistently amuse and surprise viewers with their dedication to the banal and mundane aspects of life.

Their work - which has included the making of sculptures from cocktail sausages, installations painstakingly refabricating left-over construction materials, and the hysterically never-ending film, The Way Things Go, which follows a perpetual-motion machine made up of the contents of their studio.

They also toy with the conventions that monumentalize art, in this case, elevating the average house cat to near mythic status in the heart of spectacular imagery, Times Square.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To see these same sort of ideas playing out in Detroit 20 years later is a mind-blast.Exactly. Art in Detroit is like a time machine that takes us back to ideas taht are old anyplace else.

10:19 AM  

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