I know I haven’t been on top of things. I’m still not. But! It is the end of the semester (only two days left) and I am hoping not to slack ANYMORE! For this piece, I am going to post my personal space project statement/end of year statement accompanied by my short Dia: Beacon trip review. For my personal space project I made a bunch of shells out of epoxy clay. I apologize that I don’t have any images yet, I will upload them soon.
Everyone has a shell. Some are thin, almost transparent. Others are thick and threatening. Humans have a shell, just like sea creatures and insects. Although, their shells are physical, ours are psychological. We put up a barrier between us and everything around us. There are times we feel as though our safety is at risk. Safety isn’t only skin deep. It can affect our emotions and our thoughts. When this threat is upon us, the shell surrounds us like a force field. You can feel the adrenaline all around. During times of comfort and trust, that shell fades away. Our soft, vulnerable skin is all that guards us from unseen danger.
Throughout the year, I have been able to establish myself more clearly than I have before. I have become more independent. There have been too many chances for the same mistakes. Hoping this one, last, billionth time they won’t mess up. That habit is long gone. Discovering what I want and what I didn’t know I wanted has been a pleasant surprise. I want happiness in my life. I’ve always known that. What it takes to get it is the part I have to uncover. Defending myself is important. If I’m not willing to defend myself and my art, who will? My three projects Dependency, Discovery, and Defense are all about the past couple years of my life and how I’ve grown into myself.
My trip to the Dia: Beacon on May 4, 2012 was short-lived, but still an interesting adventure.
Dia: Beacon is certainly an interesting place. Some of the exhibits leave me no impression and no positive response. There are a few, however, that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The exhibits that I have strong negative responses to are the blank white canvases (they are in their own little hallway but I forgot the artist), De Maria’s Silver Meters 1976 and Gold Meters 1976-77, Imi Knoebel’s exhibits, and Dan Flavin’s “monuments” for V. Tatlin series. I have no relation to these pieces besides disappointment and frustration. I am disappointed in them because I don’t feel like I can be inspired by them in the slightest bit. There is nothing about the pieces that make me want to meet these artists and get inside their heads. I could care less about these works. It is probably harsh to say, but it is how I feel about them.
My favorite exhibits at the Dia: Beacon are the landscapes by Robert Irwin, Richard Serra’s collection, Jean-Luc Moulene’s exhibitions, and one of the sculptures by John Chamberlain. I adore nature and even wanted to be a landscape architect at one point. I really appreciate the work by Irwin. The garden is lovely to walk though and comforting to chat in. I could do without Lawler’s sound piece, but I tuned it out to better appreciate the garden. The landscape towards the front of the building is interesting in its symmetry and structure. I love the interactive aspect of these works. The first time I went to Dia: Beacon, last year, I decided I wanted to live in Richard Serra’s curved metal structures. I am obsessed with diagonals and being surrounded by the diagonal curving walls is so thrilling to me. I could go on for hours talking about how much I adore his sculptures. Jean-Luc Moulene’s exhibitions are new to me on my second trip to the Dia. It was a refreshing addition to the museum. I actually enjoy being around his work. They have a life of their own. The one sculpture that I liked by John Chamberlain was the white one. It reminded me of the bushes in Alice In Wonderland that had the white roses instead of red. I’ve always been fond of that story and so it made me like the piece.