“The project is titled State of Mine. It is a self-portrait that attempts to represent a vision of various information about the artist, his ‘information contents,’ such as the multiplicity of his thoughts, interests, declarations, key memories. I have created a set of graphics to illustrate all of these aspects, the character as a system of signs — a language to be used as a template for the creation of my own ‘information’ portrait, that could be used to describe me. As a result I have produced about 2,700 badges, with a range of around 200 unique symbols. Badges seemed a perfectly appropriate medium to use here, as they usually display a subject with which their owner identifies himself. I placed each symbol/badge so that its arrangement created my physical portrait alongside myself in terms of information. The works name also describes the idea itself, playing on the english expression “state of mind.” “State of mind” means a concrete condition as to where someone or something is at a specific time. A mental state is a kind of state or process only possessed by and unique to thinking and feeling beings. Such a definition of an object’s condition provides its conceptual contents, that creates a self-portrait where each badge and its arrangement visualises the author’s personality in the period of creation”.
Songs of Ordinary Madness is a group exhibition bringing together nine artists from different nationalities and backgrounds consciously looking to evaluate how subjectivity pertains to the ‘peculiar’ in everyday life.
- Talar Aghbashian, Untitled, 2012, Oil paint canvas, 50 x50 cm.
- Yijun Liao, Debut, 2012, Digital pigment print, 50 x 50 cm, Edition 1/5.
- Reid Peppard, Untitled, 2012, Pigeon taxidermy, pink dye, hematite & fibre optic light.
Works by Fabian Buergy
Philip Haas, FOUR SEASONS (after Arcimboldo).
Painted fiberglass sculpture in situ in the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 2012. Courtesy the artist.
Urs Fischer - Untitled (2011)
Photo by Stefan Altenburger
by Bob Clyatt
“Plasic Bags” is a large-scale installation by Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou created for the contemporary art museum MACRO in Rome.. The enormous sculpture is almost 10 meters high and made with thousands of plastic bags. Pascale Marthine Tayou’s work suggests a different and correct use of plastic bags, which have become emblematic objects of the contemporary human condition, a symbol of globalization, rampant consumerism, but also of the nomadic lifestyle that increasingly characterizes today’s society. (Junk-Culture)
Photos: Giorgio Benni/MACRO and eventi cultural mag.