Research on artists
“Our creations will always be a response to the new energy and questions or problems that occur from our social reality,”
Xu, known for his printmaking and installations that subvert language, meaning and tradition, told audience members that sociological forces and personal transformations can inspire huge bursts of energy within artists.
“As an artist, it’s very important to understand how to transfer that energy into your creative inspiration,”
(http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/chinese-artist-xu-bing-on-inspiration-creativity-and-the-future-of-art/) accessed 09.12.2017
Xu Bing, Ghosts Pounding the Wall
Tonico Lemos Auad
(http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/tonico-lemos-auad/) accessed 04.12.2017
“Every October the Brazilian port city of Belém is transformed by the Cirio de Nazaré, a Catholic religious festival that honors a centuries-old icon of the Virgin Mary. Many thousands of devotees follow the small statue as it is paraded through the city streets, seeking the Virgin’s miraculous intervention and blessings of good fortune for the year to come. A native of Belém who currently resides in London, Tonico Lemos Auad recently deployed a variety of forms and materials to explore the rich iconography of this annual event.
The literal and thematic backdrop for this show was Reflected Archeology (all works 2012), an interactive mural that spanned a large wall of the gallery. Visitors were given pennies to scratch through an overpainting of dull silver ink, gradually revealing an enormous photographic collage that pictured aspects of the Cirio de Nazaré. Two weeks into the show’s run, excavated images of crowded street processions jostled with Belém harbor scenes of boats festooned with colorful flags and streamers. While the participatory scratching encouraged close inspection of a potentially unfamiliar religious ritual, its similarity to rubbing the silver film from lottery cards allied the active viewer with the hopes and superstitions of the Brazilian faithful.”
View of Tonico Lemos Auad’s exhibition, showing Reflected Archeology (on wall) and Small Fires (foreground), both 2012; at CRG.
Mirrors and Shelly sand (1970)
Anxious Men (use of black soap)