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Rest Area – Dan Graham’s Triangular Bridge Over Water, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis Mo

Recently, while departing from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to my home state of Missouri, I picked up my Dan Graham exhibition monograph from his well deserved 2009 retrospective organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in collaboration w/ The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.  (An exhibition was also appropriately mounted at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, appropriate in that the artist has a longtime base of followers in the Midwest region).  Being that I was heading to the nature of the family farm, the generational acreage of my lineage, it only made since to re-assert my attention to the chapter of Graham’s writings in his Garden as Theater and Museum.  Although the farm is not a garden, theater or museum, the general notion of immediate nature akin to my family and the recent and partial placement of my own artistic ideas and practice to such an arena seems relevant here.  With this said I don’t totally object to the possibility of viewing a farm as a garden, theater or museum.  After all, all four of these contexts originate in and from nature. As I read through the artist’s writings on  the English Garden’s influence on the French’s own appropriated English garden and the influence that literature, politics and theater had upon the creation of these sites of dwelling, leisure and recreation I became restless as usual.  This is actually cheating the chapter which also includes writings on Disney, Rem Koolhaas-Coney Island’s Luna Park and a great almost romantic and historical exampling on the creation of the writer Rousseau’s burial site.  In short Graham...

Aaron Wrinkle: Something New Under The Sun

Aaron Wrinkle: about Aaron Wrinkle is a web based organization created to generate discourse, on and off the web, drawing from colloquial uses of the business name, logotype, and the ways galleries and other art institutions represent their organizations online. It is a hybrid space exhibiting writings, documentation of places, artworks and special web projects by artists. It focuses on the thinking and language behind the web as a primary and secondary viewing platform of art production to facilitate a conversation on this topic. Aaron Wrinkle: image and text For Image and Text artists and other art professionals have been invited to submit an image of their liking along with a descriptive text.  The images can be anything from an individual work, a portrait of a favorite artist or person, a favorite site, artwork or architecture and other images possibly pulled from the internet or personal archives. In general here the images propose or suggest taste whereas the artist’s meaning behind these desired presentations is specified through writing. (Exhibition Ongoing)   Click through on either the green or the orange text above to view the inaugural exhibition of Wrinkle’s project, this with artist Calvin Lee. Think of Aaron Wrinkle: something new under the sun as an introduction to and an incentive to visit this new project of our friend Mr. Wrinkle. If I had also posted Lee’s project on this page then you might not click through to see the real thing. In this virtual universe ‘real’ means leading visitor outside of one’s own site. This way readers will have their own experience of a project, first hand. I...

Aaron Wrinkle, part two: “I went to a garden party”

GT: Can you tell me (us) about your practical plans (desires) for this proposed exhibition? Some time ago, and outside the context of this current dialogue, we talked about public spaces as possible sites. I recall your interest that these spaces have already  their own place on the public experience, that they be somehow charged or places of power. With or without that last statement, What are you thinking? How would people perceive and interact with the exhibition/performance? What will it look like? Also I want to say that the paintings are great – they totally function as paintings and as works of art. I guess this shouldn’t come as a surprise but given the context my eyes were expecting to see quotation marks around them. No way! Your watercolors are beautiful! “woman with fan….” does an interesting switch with the horizon – the lady seems perched atop the edge as though presenting herself; the greenery then retreats, as landscape does in such a picture, to background, offering another horizon some distance behind. The lowering purple sky doubles back – almost in an attempt to envelop or contain the lady, but she and her wall remain inviolate, almost on the surface now. I like your line work in the performance sketches, too – rather than awkward, the painted lines feel expressive and that you limit yourself to three or four distinct tones of greyish feels like a nod to Minimalism in painting. The lines feel like representatives for more of that tone elsewhere out of sight. AW: Whether it takes place inside or outside I would like it connected...