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The Catlin Art Prize, an annual event showcasing the most promising I am interested in the relationship between the viewer and the artwork. In "Death of the Author", Roland Barthes says that a writer is merely a scribe, and that whatever he intends by his writing, it is immaterial. Once he writes, only. If the subject bears no relationship with the experiences of the . truly great will be the kind of art that is actually completed by the viewer.
Why have you chosen to work with recording technologies and projection and what are you hoping to achieve through these media? Recording film, video or audio allows me to not only capture the visuals, but also a length of time, such as the duration of the viewing experience.
- Message understood?
Using presentation technologies, such as film projection or data projection, allows me to present the viewer with these recordings. I am especially interested in projection technologies as a projection uses the same ephemeral elements that make up an experience, light, space and time.
Artists define communication with the viewer with paintings
Projection allows me to explore my ideas of mirroring a space within a space, for example I have created projections of spaces, which fall directly onto the walls of the space where they were originally recorded. If you had to condense your work into three overarching ideas, what would they be?
If I had to condense my work into three overarching ideas, the first idea would be to explore our self-reflection on our immediate presence in space and time. The second would be to explore our understanding of the exhibition space. The third would be to explore our relationship as viewers with the artwork. The viewer is a central element in your work, Could you expand on these roles of spectator, subject and performer?
In my opinion, the viewer of my work is all three. With a lot of artworks the viewer is just a spectator, but when experiencing my work I would like the viewer to think more about their role and relationship with the work.
What is your personal opinion on art prizes?
The relationships between the artist, subject, and viewer of portraits
What purpose do you feel they serve? I feel that although art prizes are a great opportunity for artists to gain more exposure in the art world, more importantly they allow the artist to develop their art practice further, giving them more confidence in their ideas, and sometimes allowing them to make work which would otherwise be beyond their means. I am working towards a group show in the summer; details are yet to be confirmed.
True, many academics or critics exploit art's "messages" for self-interested methodological or political ends.
But many excellent artists leave themselves defenseless against such hijacking because they cannot articulate persuasively why they do what they do.
Message understood? | Art and design | The Guardian
And further complicating these relationships is that many artists who can explain their work are more articulate verbally than visually, which is why much of bad art is not really art but is rather merely illustrations of ideas or agit-prop. But, more fundamentally, can an articulate artist simply be wrong or even clueless about what his or her work conveys?
And if so, does the artist's expressed intention trump the viewer's interpretation of the work? Recently I interviewed an emerging Middle Eastern, New York -based artist about some really exciting conceptual photography that she will be exhibiting in the Middle East this spring. I had been an admirer and supporter of her art for years and was particularly drawn to her current series, which, I argued in a few reviews, beautifully and insightfully illuminated important issues pertaining to older women's overlooked and undervalued status in western society.
After thinking, writing and talking about her work so often, I finally had the opportunity to discuss it with her and discovered that we not only had completely different interpretations of her art and its message, but we have opposing ideas about what makes her work both beautiful and interesting.
Simply put, her meaning was lost in translation for me. She was passionately trying to make what I considered to be a relatively outdated and unimaginative statement, and I mistakenly heard refreshing and enlightening poetry.