Jeff Gibbons – For this reason we persist

For this reason we persist. That somehow it is possible that from that scrap of cloth and oil on the wall a communication takes place about a complex notion. That in the STUFF of our existence, it moves from my mind/body/action to yours through this substance that is not specific and yet can be so precise. The seriousness of the endeavour is very beautiful. That a quality which otherwise cannot be communicated, is through paint. This is like the intangible precision with which musical composition and poetry can cause such attention, that a…

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Denise Ackerl – Art (community); a revolutionary power or an illustration of powerlessness ?

“Revolutionary art should be revolutionary. That surely is a simple statement from which we can begin discussion.”1 But when is art revolutionary? One could argue that art activism is one of the starting points here, despite it being caught up in the continuous query of why it actually is art. There are many examples of art activism, or in fact passivism, such as the boycotts of the Sydney Biennale2 or the Manifesta 10 that eventually resulted in the production of anti-art, leaving the act of boycott as a vacuum for “real” activist artworks.…

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Art & Language: Five Edited Extracts.

As the discursivity of the text increased, so the remaining sense of it as ‘readymade-by-description-or-ostension’ weakened still further. Similarly, as the text ceased to function as a form that usurped the place of painting on the gallery wall, in the manner of one of Kosuth’s ‘Definitions’, so the legacy of the containing frame also diminished. As both effects weakened, so did the power of those formal constraints on the length of the text that characterised the ‘definitive’ post-Minimal genres of Conceptual art as they were established in New York between 1967 and 1969.…

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