Ceal Floyer is one of my favorite artists to follow as her work is conscise and poignant as it teeters between humor and lack.
Video: Ceal Floyer performance d13
Duration: about 1.20 min before the press conference to documenta (13) offered a brief Ceal Floyer “Nail Biting Performance”
‘Til I Get It Right at dOCUMENTA (13) by Ceal Floyer is a loop that is created from a song of the same title by the American country music singer-songwriter Tammy Wynette. Ceal Floyer just used the lines “I’ll just keep on” and “‘Til I Get It Right,” to create an endless mantra-like soundtrack.
Sometimes it seems like someone makes all the work you’ve ever wanted to. Jeppe Hein’s witty, poetic and sometimes off the wall body of kinetic work has me throwing my hands up in the air and shrugging. I have sketch video’s of dust bunnies being pushed around by air. The screw in the wall is not an idea I’ve had, but quite similar. I’ve often thought of peep holes in the wall (although I didn’t resolve what was inside). Needless to say, I really enjoy Hein’s work and even had a chance to see a piece at the MCA a couple weeks ago.
Art that is only a joke runs itself thin, but the one-liner that opens up into a new bubble of thought that is funny and provocative is intriguing and hard to find. Ceal Floyer does it well in her piece “Today’s Special” (the first part of the video covers this piece and the rest shows the rest of her exhibition at 303 in NYC-April 2009).
I saw this piece installed at Chicago’s MCA over the summer. The piece hits on quite a few things that I really like in art work. The essence of the material informs the content of the piece. Air is used in a powerful and interesting way. There is also a nice balance of simplicity, delicacy and a hint of violence. There are elements of this train of thought in my pieces Fly on a String & Burnt (see below).
I came across a really great video on activesocialplastic.com (which was quoting posts on Boing Boing and Wooster Collective). Artist Joshua Allen Harris made a series of pieces where animals are made from plastic bags and then ties to subway grates. Quite simply, every time a subway passes, the animals come to life. Check it out!