secondhandhuman: I remember seeing this work (Venus of Rags) in person at the Tate Modern when I was studying in London in 2010, but it really didn’t strike me at the time. Pushed up against a bare, white wall and paired with other contemporary Arte Povera works, it just looked dated, old-fashioned.
When we looked at this installation image in my 20th century European art class, however, it struck me differently. Recontextualized in a grand space infused with historical and cultural memory, it takes on an entirely different meaning than when it’s shown in the conventional white cube (see Tate installation here). At the Tate, it felt like an image of itself, simply an ironic, unspeaking example of an outmoded art movement. Here, it’s powerfully affective.
“The Maybe” at the Serpentine Gallery, London (1995) byCornelia Parker
In this installation, Tilda Swinton played the toughest role in a career devoted to challenging ones: herself asleep or apparently so. For seven consecutive days, eight hours a day, she lay motionless, eyes closed, in a raised, glass casket – a contemporary Sleeping Beauty in jeans and deck shoes, subject to intense scrutiny and speculation.
“Vestige” by Rob Mulholland
“The essence of who we are as individuals in relationship to others and our given environment forms a strong aspect of my artistic practice.
In Vestige I wanted to explore this relationship further by creating a group, a community within the protective elements of the woods, reflecting the past inhabitants of the space.
Before the First World War this area of Scotland was open hillside with small sheep farming Crofts and rural communities. The crofters were moved to other land by the government as there was a desperate need for timber, the area was planted with fast growing trees suitable for harvesting and the landscape altered once again.
You can still see the some faint outlines of the crofts and past settlements within the woods, this intrigued me and I wanted to find a visual form that would represent the past inhabitants of the land.
The human desire to leave a trace of oneself, to project our views and culture for future generations. It’s a driving force to create and leave a semblance of which we are as individuals.
The six male and female figures not only absorb their environment, they create a notion of non - space, a link with the past that forces us both as individuals and as a society to consider our relationship with our natural environment.”