Monday, July 25, 2011
When I saw this image of McQueen's work, I could not believe how the sleeve area reminded me of the detail in my piece "transference" (HEH I am in no way saying I am a McQueen) What seeing this does is to show me how brave McQueen was about allowing his passion to come through his medium, to see connections with other artists working in the same type of mark-making, and to acknowledge that romanticism and tradition is not dead! When I look at this sleeve, I can feel what he was doing as he created it. I know what that feels like.
I am thankful for the insistances by Deb, Hannah, and Laurel that I go and see this show. Having never even heard of McQueen, and walking into this exhibit cold turkey took me on a ride of a lifetime! I understand the suggestions to push the mark-making, to make my whites seem "lived in", to push the deconstruction of the object. The presence of McQueens forms through the absences he allowed refer directly to my thesis. His keeping of the tradition of his medium, his links to romanticism and historicism through his thematic and his unmatched aesthetic strongly argue the case against the notion of the artist as genius as dead. Something to ponder for sure. And before I forget, the genius of Curator Andrew Bolton must also be recognized. Tranportive to say the least.
"It is important to look at death because it is a part of life. It is a sad thing, melancholic but romantic at the same time. It is the end of a cycle---everything has to end. The cycle of life is positive because it gives room for new things."
"I am about what goes through people's minds, the stuff that people don't want to admit or face up to. The shows are about what's buried in people's psyches" L.A. McQueen
"You've got to know the rules to break them. That's what I'm here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition"- L.A McQueen
"Let me not forget the use of my own hands, that of a craftsman with eyes...that reflect the technology around me" L.A.McQueen