Pētera Talvistu teksts par Ivara Grāvleja darbu “Bez nosaukuma”
Līga Lindenbauma 24/09/2014
23. septembrī Mūkusalas Mākslas salonā tika atklāts Ivara Grāvleja darbs „Bez nosaukuma”, kā arī notika žurnāla „Estonian Art” galvenās redaktores Līnas Sīb (EST, Liina Siib) saruna ar kritiķi andreas w (EST).
Arterritory.com lasītājiem piedāvājam iepazīties ar Pētera Talvistu (EST) tekstu par Ivara Grāvleja darbu “Bez nosaukuma”.
Ivars Gravlejs’ piece consists of a sheet of paper in A2 format with printed text that looks and feels exactly like those written by critics. Presumably it is also full of very deep questions.
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It’s pretty impossible to come up with a more navel-gazing format of art criticism than the Artishok Biennale. I like two things about it:
how artists try and put down critics and vice versa
how the organizing committee is crying over critics doing less criticising than describing works or art yet to be seen.
People sometimes forget that the traditions of writing about art grew out of descriptions of emotions that the viewers/readers could not experience on their own. Perhaps the most mythological in this case would be the description of Achilles’ shield in the Iliad that includes a whole world.
Theoretical and philosophical discussions over art are a later phenomenon and even that was about art as such in general not specific works of art. In today’s era of visual memory descriptions are, however, written off as if all viewers would see things in the same way. If we are talking about art that is yet to be seen by anyone, would descriptions not be the logical first step so that the following (philosophical?) discussions would be at all relevant?
Ivars has rejected the easiest way to slam the door on the critics’ willies – his piece as such is very easily imaginable and describable. Although I do not know the exact meaning of the text, I understand that Ivars is trying to bend the rules by writing about writing and criticism. In a situation where the art world does not allow re-runs (or at least so they say…) and this is already the fourth biennale in the same format, his idea is laudable. However, looking at his earlier portfolio and pondering over the deep intellectual substance of contemporary art, it is clear that in this case we are dealing with a concept that does not deserve further descriptions after the first mention of the idea.
Only one question remains: Will Ivars – in a situation where the highest standard of relevance and contemporary critique is the number of times a critic can finish a sentence with a question mark – who only had five questions in his sample text, have enough perseverance to come up with a text sufficiently rich in punctuation and questions to put critics in their place?
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I assume my position in the art world as a vulture: I am Homer, Ivars’ is pīča.
Līdz pat 26. septembrim AB ietvaros Mūkusalas Mākslas salonā katru vakaru tiek atklāts viena mākslinieka darbs un to pavadošie desmit kritiķu teksti. Pilnā apjomā – ar visiem biennāles laikā radītajiem mākslas darbiem un kuratoru atlasītiem kritiķu tekstiem - izstāde būs pieejama apmeklētājiem divas nedēļas - no 27. septembra līdz 11.oktobrim. Paralēli izstāžu zālēs skatāmi arī 10 mākslas darbi no Mūkusalas Mākslas salona kolekcijas, kurus komentējuši biennāles kritiķi. Visi kritiķu teksti lasāmi biennāles mājas lapā http://www.artishokbiennale.org/AB14/.
AB piedalās mākslinieki no Igaunijas: Kristi Kongi, Laura Kūska (Laura Kuusk), Jass Kaselāns (Jass Kaselaan), Martiini un Margus Tamms (Margus Tamm), no Latvijas Kristīne Alksne, Jana Briķe, Krisš Salmanis, Arturs Bērziņš, Ivars Grāvlejs. Mākslas kritiķu plejādi no Igaunijas pārstāv Tanels Randers (Tanel Rander), andreas w, Pēteris Talvistu (Peter Talvistu), Mari Kartau un Elena Šmakova, no Latvijas Maija Rudovska, Jānis Taurens, Valts Miķelsons, Pauls Bankovskis, Anna Salmane. 2014. gada AB14 kuratori ir Šelda Puķīte (LV) un Indreks Grigors (EST). Biennāles dizaina autors ir Kristians Brekte (LV).
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