Object Project

Posted on Tuesday 3 October 2006

In “Recurring Concepts in Art”, Georgia Krantz has assigned a project to create an “object” that functions as the third voice or component of the dialogue between film and fine art at the Grey Gallery Show “Moving Pictures” on from now until December 5th.

Follow the link above and you’ll get a taste of the show in a small flash movie prepared by the gallery. The show is a neatly arranged dialogue between fine art works and the movies that were inspired by them, or is that the other way around. In our popular culture it is often hard to discern which came first, the art or the pop.

In the assignment to make an object that somehow functions as a third aspect of a two way relationship in the show it was at first difficult to put in context what might be the final object when it’s parents were a film clip and a work of fine art.

The show itself is interesting in a sort of academic way. The art is nice and well done, the film clips are topical and share many compositional aspects, subject matter and stylistic elements. On their own these pieces would make for a so so show of nice but not incredible works and the movie clips would just be… well old movie clips.
The show seems to want to say “here, do you see the similarities between the fine arts and film?” yeah, but “where’s the beef” so to speak.

After discussions with my partner Tae, obvious differences between this show and the Serra Show at the Gagosian were like night and day in the differences in impact and scale of the art. Maybe that’s not a fair comparison but in the context of this class it makes for a good starting concept for the assignment.

What if the third component in this show were answered by something more visceral and powerful in the vein of the works of Serra. (I am not purporting to be anywhere close) The idea of that kind of weight can inform and shape our efforts in the creation of the object for our presentation.

Below are the clips and photos that specifically we’ll be departing from, there were others but I was most intrigued by the prospect of creating an object in the realm of boxing.


This is clearly some sort of picture from an academic study of boxing, the style and form of the boxer’s stance seem to indicate something from the early 1920′s.


This painting has more life than the study and seems to have some basis in reality, perhaps the artist sat through several boxing matches with the cheering of the crowd and the sounds of guttural grunts and blows coming through the ring.


The prevalent thrust of the show seems to be one of the artist’s and film makers study of anatomy, movement and kinesiology. The wheel however seems to be populated by a kind of small cartoon.

Click here for a short movie clip from the show, this particular black and white movie features boxers dancing around the ring, again probably staged for the film director. The boxers never really do any damage to each other they just posture actors.

The show is a good counterpoint to the Richard Serra show at the Gegossian. Serra deals in “Tectonic” forces of weight and mass. What we talked about in class when we analyzed the Mona Lisa was the idea the she(mona) was very “present”. Another point that Tae brought up was the idea that people are the other component in the Serra show that altered the dynamic of the pieces by the way they interacted.

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