Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Friday, April 12, 2019

Bauhaus Centennial

The Bauhaus logo

"The ultimate goal of all art is the building!" is the first sentence of the Bauhaus manifesto. 

The German school Bauhaus (literally translated as "building house" () was founded in Weimar by Walter Gropius in April 1919 and was operational until 1933. The main philosophy was about design as an interdisciplinary practice involving architecture, painting, sculpture, performing arts, graphic, industrial and interior design and typography. The notion of Gesamtwerk ("total work") and Gesamtkunstwerk("'total' work of art") was informing any methodology and product.

The manifesto continues with enthusiastic appreciation of craftsmanship 
So let us therefore create a new guild of craftsmen, free of the divisive class pretensions that endeavoured to raise a prideful barrier between craftsmen and artists! Let us strive for, conceive and create the new building of the future that will unite every discipline, architecture and sculpture and painting, and which will one day rise heavenwards from the million hands of craftsmen as a clear symbol of a new belief to come. 
Architects, sculptors, painters—we all must return to craftsmanship! For there is no such thing as “art by profession”. There is no essential difference between the artist and the artisan. The artist is an exalted artisan. Merciful heaven, in rare moments of illumination beyond man’s will, may allow art to blossom from the work of his hand, but the foundations of proficiency are indispensable to every artist. This is the original source of creative design. 
 The Bauhaus has provided great inspiration for my interdisciplinary practice Space Ink integrating art, architecture and design at different scales, merging physical products with computing methodologies. My work with performance art also finds references in Oskar Schlemmer, another great Bauhaus master.

Google Doodle also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus movement.

Eva Mueller's Bauhaus Tattoo 


Monday, April 8, 2019

Vernissages | "From its course into channels" Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College

The fourteen exhibitions From its course into channels opened yesterday at the Hessel Museum of Art, at the CCS (Center for Curatorial Studies) of Bard College. The exhibitions included works of over forty artists, and were organized by the graduating class of the master of arts program in curatorial studies. The curation presented "diverse methodologies, research interests, and exhibition formats - from focused solo shows to new commissions and thematic exhibitions".

It was a relaxing and inspirational day, walking in art and nature in the beautiful campus of Bard College, including a stroll in the Blithewood Gardens, designed circa 1903 by Frances Hoppin. The formal garden (walled Italian) presents a gazebo at the focal point of its main axis, framing views of the Hudson River.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Performance | Eiko 's "Remembering Fukushima" at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Yesterday the Cathedral of St. John the Divine hosted an important performance by Eiko Otake, on the eighth anniversary of the nuclear meltdown of the Japanese Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in Ōkuma, Fukushima Prefecture. The disaster was caused primarily by the tsunami following the Tōhoku earthquake on 11 March 2011 and still carries tragic consequences.  The program included live performative actions by Eiko in the Cathedral site and photographic as well as video and photo recordings of the performer in several places in the surroundings of the disaster, documenting the artist's work in the years following the disasters. In this years-long Eiko's work art is a means to expose the gravity of this nuclear disaster and lack of responsiveness from corporations and governments.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Today Is International Women's Day!

Happy Women's Day!
In celebration of our diversity
and recognition
of our individual beauty, creativity, strength, compassion and fairness!

International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 worldwide. The history of this celebration can be found here.

International Women's Day (IWD) is linked to the history of the movement of women workers. The first celebration was in 1907, coinciding with the march of women textile workers in New York. Starting from 1912 IWD commemorates the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City responsible for the death of 140 immigrant women workers, mostly Italian and Jewish. This tragedy motivated labor legislation to ensure better safety in workplace. 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Outsider Art Fair

In New York, the first relevant fair of the new year is the January Outsider Art Fair, which I eagerly attend as a visitor, but also hoping to find my identity as artist. I am not sure of being an outsider, considering that my doctoral degree is in Art and Education—yet in my art practice I have mainly used media and languages often outside more traditional art. And if not outsider, I am definitely unrecognized.

The definition outsider art was introduced by the art historian Roger Cardinal in 1972, as an English term for ‘Art Brut’ by French artist Jean Dubuffet. In a later article Cardinal wrote:
Outsider Art (art brut) is defined as a mode of original artistic expression which thrives on its independence, shunning the public sphere and the art market. Such art can be highly idiosyncratic and secretive, and reflects the individual creator's attempt to construct a coherent, albeit strange, private world. Certain practitioners of what may be termed autistic art are examined in the light of this definition; their work is considered as evidence not of a medical condition but of an expressive intentionality entirely worthy of the interest of those drawn to the aesthetic experience. [1]
Often defined as 'self-taught" or naïve art, Outsider Art includes art created outside the "official" art production. Cardinal's use of the term "autistic" is particular relevant given the common association between what is considered mental illness, or disability, and creative expression.

The Outsider Art Fair was founded in 1993 by  Sanford L. Smith and held at the Metropolitan Pavilion Originally showing just 25 exhibitors, the fair has greatly expanded to include 66 galleries in the current edition.

 In the contemporary art discourse the boundaries of "outsider art" often blur into conceptual or installation art. Often artists whose cutting edge work exhibit architectural or multidisciplinary content are considered part of the outsider art world—the late Paul Laffoley comes to mind.Yet the Outsider Art fair has become the main rendezvous for artist, galleries and collectors outside the most commercial and elitist venues.

Below a few snapshot of my favorite works from the 2019 edition of the Outsider Fair. To be continued...

Work by late artist James Edward Deeds presented by Adler & Hirsh 

Finally one of the most important aspect of Outsider Art, as 

1. Cardinal, Roger. "Outsider Art and the autistic creator." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 364, no. 1522 (2009): 1459-1466.