January 25, 2005
I promise that the quietude that has managed to reign around here of late will end fairly shortly. One more week of real-world distraction to go.
That said, I did manage to get my ass in gear recently, making it out and about to some galleries and finally getting over to the Art Institute before both Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand and Anri Sala's Focus commission, a 9-minute 35 mm film titled Now I see, disappear on January 30.
I do hope to somehow make it back there one more time, however briefly, and so will reserve what substantive comments I can muster until later. For the time being I'll leave it at this: Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand left me mildly disappointed and the Sala, rather befuddled. Viewing the latter twice through, I wondered whether I was missing something.
On her way out of the installation, one viewer remarked that she suspected it might be 'something about testosterone.' There is probably something to this but, in any event, she seemed nonplussed. Though a pamphlet with a good deal of accompanying text from curator James Rondeau is available, I feel comfortable saying—whatever my final opinion of Sala's piece itself—that it is damn near the height of ridiculousness. Again, I hope to view the film again, so... we'll see.
(Elsewhere: Alan Artner goes after the piece here, chalking up his dislike of it as a failure for popular culture. As usual, I think he overdoes it a bit.)
I also chose to face the elements head on Saturday night along with a couple hundred other brave souls to take in a evening showing of In the Realms of the Unreal, Jessica Yu's Henry Darger documentary, at the Music Box. The film was followed by a Q&A with Michael Bonesteel. More on this all some time in the not too distant future as well.
"More to Come... I Swear"
Posted by Dan at 03:28 PM
Art Institute of Chicago: American Indian Art of the Ancient Midwest and South
Art Institute of Chicago: Focus: Anri Sala
Chicago Tribune: Sala's `Now I see' appears blind to a higher aesthetic experience—Alan G. Artner
Henry Darger : Art and Selected Writings—Michael Bonesteel
IMDb: Jessica Yu
Iconoduel: This and That—Our Man Henry
Iconoduel: Up Close and Annotated: Art Institute Preview—Anri Sala
Music Box Theatre