Monday, June 16, 2008

Whitney Biennial: The gift that keeps on giving

The Whitney Biennial is now over, but clearly there's no limit to the fun we can still have with it. Reader Judi Collins sent this, The Cat Condos Project by The Infinity Lab:



which was inspired by this (after a brief commercial):



Do share your thoughts.

13 comments:

Pretty Lady said...

I've had a Blinding Flash of Insight! I've been going about my art practice, and writing of statements, ALL WRONG. I've been sincerely trying to extend the boundaries of human perception, consciousness and wisdom, when what I SHOULD have been doing all this time was marketing versions of class projects from grades K-3!

I see the light, now. It is beauteous, it is simple. The whole world is an Underserved Community; nobody in the world got to do all the fun K-3 class projects that I did. They didn't get to plant gardens, or learn about animal habitats, or do silly little dances. They are just crying out for me to share my experience!

And here I thought I had to do all this hard work on becoming enlightened, first.

Matthias Merkel Hess said...
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Anonymous said...

Lol...

it's kinda funny, no?

Anonymous said...

Oh, it's actually a response to this video... now tell me this is not funny... THIS IS THE REAL ONE!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Sc3aK5YV3U

Spatula said...

Oh my god, bravo! That was a spot-on parody. But I wanted to see the condos, dammit! They should have built the actual condos. I know. I'm a demanding viewer.

Speaking of demanding, I know this is dangerous terrain of discourse (Yay! I used the word "discourse"!), but... How is what this dude does construed as art? It's just acts of pleasant eccentricity. I find myself so at odds with the art world when it insists on wild confusion of realms in this manner.

Am I to understand that virtually any behaviour constitutes art-making if it is odd enough, and virtually any product of such behaviour is an art object if Whitney says it is? And which window do I go to for a refund?

Pretty Lady said...

Matthias, satire is not about envy. It is about satire. I can't be any clearer than that.

And yes, it is not only supposed to be funny, it is funny. The tone is pitch-perfect.

Martha Miller said...

very funny - love the duct tape cat ears!

CAP said...

Don't be vague
Blame Fritz Haeg

Anonymous said...

Well, perhaps next time the Whitney will let Mr. Fritz show inside the museum instead of just on the sidewalk. Or not.

Anonymous said...

Fritz is either bad at communicating his artistic intentions or is poorly represented by this video clip. I think that almost anything is art as long as it is defended appropriately. Art communicates, then after that we need elaboration for what it is attempting to say. Obviously the girl is annoyed by what is allowed to enter the Whitney, but wouldn't her frustration be more valid if she transformed that energy into a project that represents her own artistic intentions?

I think there are more mature paths to criticism than through mocking someone else's good intentions. He should be given credit for trying. Her sole intention appears to be bringing him down. Maybe from jealousy? Who knows?

Carol Diehl said...

Anonymous: "Fritz is either bad at communicating his artistic intentions or poorly represented by this video"

I make no excuses for professionals. If you're a professional and bad at communication then you deal with it either by not communicating, having someone else do it for you, or learning how to communicate--and you do not give your imprimatur to a promotional video that you feel does not represent you at your best.

The "Cat Condos" video falls under the heading of satire, which has long been considered a valid form of criticism.

Scott said...

Unbelievable,
What is he wearing? He crossed a line.

the infinity lab said...

Viva la Infinity Lab!