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Entering…Tent City

Ant Farm 1971

‘Entering…Tent City-The melting of architecture into film, art and life.’

Mark Shunney will lead a tour and lecture of the current exhibit-

‘Chip Lord: Public Spaces’

University of California Santa Cruz – Porter College

Sesnon Art Gallery – http://arts.ucsc.edu/sesnon/

Wednesday, March 2    5:00-6:45PM

The short presentation will cover the influences Shunney observes in Lord’s work and the relevance of this exhibition to current world events and contemporary art.

The program for the lecture is as follows:

The first part will expose a pattern and relationship seen in the international art and film community and the work of Ant Farm and Chip Lord.   The talk will compare a diverse grouping of artworks from the 1960’s to current day.  Some of the selected artists that will be discussed are Vito Acconci, Cindy Sherman, Adrian Piper, Martin Kippenberger, Chris Marker, Tino Sehgal, The Yes Men and Andy Warhol.

The last part of the lecture will look at current world events starting at the turn of the 21st century.  Beginning with Sept. 11, 2001 and leading into the recent events happening in 2011 with Egypt and the greater Middle East .  The past years are witness to large transformations and paradigm shifts.   Shunney will use this perspective to understand and look at Lord’s exhibition.  Concluding with a discussion on what public space and international travel means to the early 21st century observer and artist alike.

Mark Shunney is an artist, critic and curator.  In 2001 Mark opened and operated a contemporary art gallery in a storefront in D.U.M.B.O. Brooklyn, NY.   Since completing his graduate degree in sculpture in 1997 at RISD, Mark has maintained a studio focus in sculpture and installation art.  Starting in 1997 he maintained his studio in Brooklyn (DUMBO & Red Hook) and concluded in the South Bronx before moving it to the forest of Felton, California in 2005.

WARS- Jeremy Deller and America

To follow is a letter I have had no luck sending over to Jeremy…

Hello Jeremy,

I enjoy the work very much and I find our approach and observations , at times, similar with to one another.  One of the main differences being our citizenship; my being American and you British.  Which as an artist is very important to the specifics and context of making work.  You also have three years on me in the sixties but I have no less of a respect and inspiration for the entirety of the counter culture movement and its effect on us now.  

The reason I was prompted to write you is the recent release I received on your project with CreativeTime, The New Museum and others- ‘It Is What It Is’ .  It is perfectly timed and a great reminder for the fast moving American and all the media distractions around the economy which results in less coverage and reminders of the devastating wars going on.  With this said my only question is why you don’t mention the involvement of the UK in this war?  Seeing how you are British I know it is important to you, and I am amazed at your fascination with America but remember the wars wouldn’t have happened without the UK involvement; past, present and future.  I hope this comes to surface more than once with your tour through the US.  I also find it funny that you will not make it to the Bay Area with your project.  What is the intention in this?  Have they already been won over and need no prompted discussions around the current wars?  I also wonder if you have done sufficient research to achieve the understanding that the greatest Middle Eastern populations exist in the Bay Area of California.  

I am looking forward to seeing what kind of bats make it out of this cave.

All the best, Mark

FREE- Public Perception and Investment in US Public Art

Public Perception and Investment

 

The growth of public sculpture and installation has happened with private funding in the United States.  The Public Art Fund in NYC has been doing amazing projects along all parts of the island of Manhattan and the fringes of its boroughs.  The name would lead you to believe this is a publicly funded operation.  It is not!  The fall of the NEA lead to a major marriage between art and industry.  The CEO’s of the industries also became the leading collectors of Art News profiles.  Some of the biggest collectors and supporters have been: The Gap, Enron, Progressive Insurance, Citibank and plenty more.  Yes the work landed in the public through the private funding of non profit projects in the public realm.  The realization of many projects we have learned about have only been possible with large private investment.  Yes the government partially supports some of the projects, but it was the overwhelming support from the private sector that supported a much larger percentage.  It should also be noted that this same network of investors have been leaders on the boards of a great many museums in the US and abroad.

 

I find it funny that you blame the art press.  They are guided by their advertising dollars and that comes in from the private sector.  The main mission is to review current exhibitions in galleries, the related artists and concepts in the museums and the occasional profile on private collectors.  The direction for exposure and critique is best left to groups like The New York Times.  This is a solid network of informed journalists.  If there is a lack of exposed public sculptures in the press, I believe it is because there have been few realized in the past decades.  At this time there is a big paradigm shift and I will assure you that it will bring a great increase in exposure to brilliant public installations and sculptures.  

 

Transformation- RAIN

A world set into motion. There is no longer time to sit around and watch your generation grow old.  Now is the time to become the voice and action of change.  We don’t know all that much.  They killed the natives before understanding their keen sense of the land that they stole.  Let us now ask questions and push up the stream that will sustainably filter our actions into a cleaner body of thought.  Quality rots in the minds of the educated.  They throw tradition in your face to quell the uprising.  Tradition is based on knowing less then the present.  Let us move beyond this.  Compost your waste to gain an understanding of death.  There is no need for gold when you have solar and wind.  Remember all that surrounds us is part rock, air and water.  It is that basic!  Let us simplify our landscape and make for a multicultural community around unity, health and freedom.