Michael Asher, Galerie Toselli, Milan, 1973
The new e-flux journal email arrived in my inbox today giving an outline of the current contents. I was a little shocked to read that Michael Asher had passed away and Michael Baers had written an article about his life and works. I came across Michael Asher last year whilst reading about his Institutional Critiques at CalArts that would run for hours and hours. I am sure these have left a huge impact on the students that experienced this. Having been in art critiques at art college its hard to sometimes think of critiques lasting so many hours as sometimes an hour and half is almost punishable. To hear that there are critiques that last for hours at a time makes me think there is hope and also rethink how critiques are run. I still have no answers and unfortunately will never experience a critique by Michael Asher which is a shame. However after reading about his critiques I started to read about his work and ideas such as situational aesthetics, realising how his approach to artwork will continue to affect my thought process throughout my life as an art practitioner.
Here is a link to Michael Baers article in e-flux.click
Represented by Galeria Leme David Batchelor’s work plays with objects and light, although quite humorous there is also an uneasy undertone with some of his pieces. These works leave you guessing as to whether you have missed a moment or whether like a joke it is a joke about you.
His Found Monochrome series are what caught my eye at first as they seem meditative at first whilst your mind starts to wander and wonder as to what was here on this blank paper/billboard/sign?
Here is a link to David Batchelor’s website
Whilst reading so much about space for my dissertation this book managed to restore some relevance and credibility for Place and its status alongside space and for that matter time. The book itself is a full historical look at Place and how it has been written and thought about right back to Plato and Aristotle. The quotes are enlightening whilst also thoughtful.
“The point is the space that does not take up space, the place that does not take place; it suppresses and replaces the place, it takes the place of the space that it negates and conserves. It spatially negates space. It is the first determination of space.” Derrida
I have been drawn to works by Bank Violette, his diy approach and clean stripped back work rings true with me. This interview on the Nowness website gives a little to his approach and thoughts..