Sunday, October 3, 2010

Ezekial 37.3

"Can these bones live?"

Here is my work for Foundations....Mmm tired.

What: SuttonBeresCuller: Panoptos (part of Vortexthibition Polyphonica)

Made in 2010 comprising of "154 works from the Henry Art Gallery collection, aluminum track, steel, copper, digital IP camera, LED lights, micro-controllers, motors and motor driver, custom software, joystick, monitor, web platform and mixed media."
Artists: John Sutton (U.S. b. 1975), Ben Beres (U.S. b. 1976), and Zoe Cullen (U.S. b. 1977)
Below photos provided by Claire...

When you enter the exhibit you tread upon a wooden floor and are surrounded by a multitude of pictures. Some are square or rectangular and round in shape. To your right are sculptures that include items such as: silver-colored men and a hair piece.
Viewing the work through the camera instead of standing in front of the piece makes it seem more personal but you only get a section of the artwork at a time so it takes longer for the viewer to get to know the piece. It also seems that when you view it through the camera you can't really process where everything is and know the scale of the actual piece since you're so up close.
The cropping effects the compositional rules because when zoomed in you only see part of the piece at a time  you don't see the piece as a whole interacting with the other pieces of the work. The contrast between seeing a clear and clos-up version of the piece as compared the seeing all of the pieces together makes the unity of all the pieces seem oddly relevant. If you go to the right of a portrait to view another portrait but using cool colors instead of warm it creates a contrast yet familiarity.
The relationship of this piece with the current cultural readings of our society is that each piece is like an individual yet anyone can come in and see the piece with the rest of the installation. But people could also use the camera to see the piece up close and personal without the rest of the other pieces of art being a part of it. The same scenario exists in society such as Google maps, yellow pages, and social networks such as facebook. You put your information out there and people can view it, even if you block certain people there's still a chance they can hack it or pay to get your information.
Some of the pieces in the Panoptos are already existed as part of the Henry Art Gallery collection and were utilized to be used in this piece. A variety of art is provided for the viewers to see in this piece: oil paintings, scenery, abstract, portraits and as mentioned before the sculptures to the right in their own special spot. The piece works well with the other artworks displayed in the gallery because it's a similar type of art.
If this piece were to be observed online it would ruin the effect of the size of the piece and impact of the camera moving around while you see the piece. You know that someone is controlling that camera and even though you're not positive what exactly the person on the other end sees you know the general area that they're looking at.
Below photos from my camera phone I've dropped to many times :c

Below are other pieces in the gallery

I would have liked to stay longer in the gallery and linger around to look and read about the other pieces. But the two other people in my group were getting a bit tired and wanting to go back to the dorms before it got any later in the night...I did see an art piece that was mentioned in my Digital class so that was cool, and it was just interesting seeing the variety of people at the event.
-cough- rambled...
Here's a cool "visual dictionary" sight that I like :D/:B

Never fear though citizens...Here is a youtube..
Fidelity by Regina Spektor

TTFN ta ta for now~

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