Arts Sculpture Study Group, Part II
posted by January 10 at 18:15 PMon
The sculptor Erwin Wurm asks the question—or has a fat house do it for him—can an artwork be fat? (If you haven’t already, check the Wurm show at the Frye.) What about, can an artwork be dead? How do you know it’s dead? In this week’s In/Visible podcast, up now here, we try to determine at what point Joseph Beuys’s dried-up, clamped-together fat wedges and other works like it become, well, like Terri Schiavo. What about when artists put the DNR stamp on their works, and conservators ignore it? What would be the point of making a sculpture that’s destined to die? Well, we keep making people, don’t we? I talk to artists Tivon Rice, Susie Lee, and Mike Magrath, and writer/curator Suzanne Beal about permanence and sculpture, which really means talking about art and death. It’s fun, though. Honestly.
And while we’re on the subject of sculpture, there’s a little early debate going on over at Artdish about the Olympic Sculpture Park. I love that it’s already causing arguments.