Moving across the Temporal Border with Time on Our Hands: Random Art to see from Now and into the New Year (Hirst Update,I)

Posted: December 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

Simon Starling (Curator): Never the Same River (Possible Futures, Probable Pasts)

Oliver Godow, The art works that got cut away 2002-4

Simon Starling, the 2006 Turner prize winning artist, becomes the latest to curate a series of artist-selected shows which the Camden Centre has initiated. The show is comprised of 30 artist’s pieces which have previously been exhibited at the center during its long and distinguished history.  The works have been reinstalled in the precise locations they were previously exhibited in with the added bonus of new works which Starling has chosen to augment the presentation (and who may become future stock for possible exhibitors at the centre).

Starling notes he has garnered ideas for the installation from the work of Jorge Luis Borges (my guess is the stories,  The Library of Babel-the one thing which contains and explains all things, even itself; “Pierre Menard, Author of Quixote ” saying the same thing at a different time makes it different; and On Exactitude in Science“- the only exact map of a thing is actually the thing itself ) and George Kubler (The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things) to create the exhibition.

Mike Nelson, Studio Apparatus, 1998

Artists are (and wow what a list): Francis Alÿs, Francis Bacon, Christian Boltanski, Matthew Buckingham, Harry Burton, Tony Carter, Keith Coventry, Andrea Fisher, Stefan Gec, Ernö Goldfinger, Graham Gussin, Susan Hiller, Douglas Huebler, Des Hughes, ISOKON / Marcel Breuer, Patrick Keiller, Hilma af Klint, David Lamelas, Liberty & Co., Sean Lynch, Mary Martin, Jeremy Millar, Jacques Monory, Henry Moore, Mike Nelson, John Riddy, Michael Stevenson, Katja Strunz, Paul Thek, Francis Upritchard.                                                            How is one to say NO?

Note: the show title is based upon a quote from the pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus: “You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you”, and implies rereading of the pieces in the show per new context and historical/cultural interventions which have occurred per the pieces original showing.

Camden Arts Centre, NW1, London, England    Through February 20


Damien Hirst: For the Love of God

Damien Hirst For the Love of God 2007

The Basis of Damian Hirst’s work “For the Love of God” was originally a Human Skull purchased from a taxidermy shop in London which turned out to once intimately belong to a young male from the 1700’s more or less (and this fact is attested to by two devout independent evaluations and one very clever Carbon dating by Oxford University). What is it now?  The Skull was Cast in platinum and covered with a complete surface of 8,601 diamonds (pave-laid and flawless to boot), and the final and fitting precious jewel, to complete the piece, being a crowning “flawless light fancy pink brilliant-cut pear-shaped” diamond (gallery quotes not mine) placed significantly on the forehead.  The entire surface weighs in at 1,106.18 carats, the Forehead Diamond at 52.4 carats, yet you will be surprised to hear the teeth belong to the original male.

Death and life conjoined on the static surface of excess?  Confronting an object beyond the economy of life?  Admitting Death has no price? Day of the Dead being infused with CEO’s Bonus package? Conundrum of the Art world and patrons?  Needless to Say this piece, given its creation and (Wall) Street value, has sparked some controversy, and a few snide remarks (as can be seen here).  Probably should see it to find if its “presence” contradicts its infusions of economy, but note the conditions below.

Damien Hirst For the Love of God 2007 sideview-right/left

Note: there are some slight conditions to be followed in order to see one of the most obviously expensive pieces of art ever produced.  Cost is 10 Euros for adults to enter.  Only groups of 12 are allowed to enter at one time.  Viewing time for the piece is 3 minutes.

Damien Hirst: For the Love of God.    Through 2011-05-01    Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Update I:  Jonathan Jones makes this argument about “the Love of God”:Damien Hirst’s skull tasteless? That’s the point.Critics who didn’t like it missed a trick – the diamond skull shattered the pretence that the market has no bearing on ‘serious art’


Elsa Stansfield and Madelon Hooykaas: Revealing The Invisible

This cosponsored exhibition explores the unique cooperative work of the Dutch/Scot artistic duo Elsa Stansfield and Madelon Hooykaas, who worked together from the 1970s up until the tragic death of Stansfield in 2004.  These two innovative and important artists of the technical and the social are represented in this exhibition by a number of their collaborative pieces which integrate cycles of nature and the human cultural field.  Playing eagerly with the latest technical media, they looked at humankind’s changing relationship with the forces of nature.

Elsa Stansfield and Madelon Hooykaasm As Far As Japan 1996

Their work spans the entire field of mediums, from perplexingly ordinary photographic work to humorous fauxfuture video sculpture/objects, and an openness of interpretation of materials and cultural influences was fostered in their collaborations through the fluid intermingling, (and associative links created amongst them) of sounds, images, words, material and technology.

Elsa Stansfield and Madelon Hooykaas

If you are interested in how the technical, information, and digital cultural fields can be integrated with our natural milieu, and concern with the complex cycles and interconnections of the environment, this is work to be explored!  And Hurry, Show ends soon.

CCA & Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, Scotland     Through January 29th

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