Picture:Sarah Lazoravic, Older
At the Luminato Box, on tuesday, Sarah Lazarovic exhibited paintings of Twitter selections, with little printouts of the people's profile pics right by them. It was painted by the man who does signs for Honest Eds, Toronto's famous quirky bargain store! Interesting touch! Honest Ed's and Twitter! What would that look like? well it looks like the picture above.The written canvases featured lines such as:
"Unwrapping little chocolate eggs and eating them sadly"
"I am wondering what happened to the Ossington strip club"
"and it killed me"
"If you are still sleeping it's ok. I will eat this muffin for you"
and more! It was witty, it was well-designed, I wouldn't mind having one on my wall. Fun show! Simple and relatable.
Lot of people do art based on the social networking nowadays, since it is such an vital, yet mysterious part of our daily lives. I mean what is really the point of putting "I just woke up" or "going to the store" on internet and sharing with everyone? Are people THAT desparate to stay in touch 24/7? What's more interesting is how we make art about it...I guess it's equivalent to futurists making art about automobiles and new technologies. But futurist's manifesto was clear: they wildly celebrated the new techonology as a saviour. What's the our stance? Where are we going with this? oh and imagine instead of writing on internet, everyone carries big boards and writes down their "status" and just carry it around....which is kind of what twitter does except that would be in real life. Or, what if you make these paintings gigantic?
Video: Tony Oursler's installations were by OCAD and AGO. It was, um, very conceptual. Basically a room with tvs and other clutters, in the middle of the street. The idea of crossover between public and private has a lot of interesting potential, so couldn't help feeling that this could've been better. The video and audio that was playing seemed to be very out of touch with the viewer, leaving them simply confused with random images and incoherent sayings. The clutter was interesting, but there was a lack of engagement with the public. Is it because it is conceptual art, which is detached from the public as it already is, as an installation in a public place? maybe. The glass was very separating between the viewer and the piece itself. especially with the reflections on the glass that obstructed view. What if you could go inside of the room and become a part of it instead of just looking at it from outside, so you can be a part of a conceptual piece, even if you don't know much about art. And what if there was an actual person in there instead of video showing? Like sleeping in the clutter or something. Or just without the glass walls, clutter of a room presented just in the middle of the street. That could've been more engaging with the public and could still keep the concepts. But still, it was interesting to see a conceptual, experimental installation in a public place, because that hardly gets done. Something to think about!