History & Theories of Intermedia
04.13.17 History, Journal 11 – Expansion of Concepts into New Forms, Part II: Installation and Environmental Art
Art and the Environmental Crisis: From Commodity Aesthetics to Ecology Aesthetics by Timonthy W. Luke
Land Art as Expression of Culture, Aesthetics and Sustainability in the Regeneration of Postindustrial Landscapes by Margaretha Lehenbauer
One Place after Another: Notes on Site Specificity by Miwon Kwon
About Installation by Ilya Kabakov; Margarita Tupitsyn; Victor Tupitsyn
IMMA What is Installation Art
Engagements with Space and form
Installation, newest of the forms even if it can be argued that it existed before.
Late 7os, early 80s and 90s – becomes dominate form of art makings
Two routs coming out of traditional art making practices
Moving towards intermediary stage and into environmental concerns
1 – looks at environmental concerns relating to a connecting to the issues around gender, specifically feminist art work
Ie. Betsy Damons and Mary Beth Edleston
From patriarchy to matriarchy, earth goddess etc
Many were performances
Issues regarding geography, Stonehenge, celestial bodied, etc.
Interest in earth
Nancy Holt, Sun Tunnels 1976
2 – Minimalist sculpture
Robert Morris 1965
Understanding the core of minimalist sculpture. Not an intensification of the “objectness” trying to reduce to bare minimum. Many critics thought this. What are the fundamental properties of any art. But this is a misinterpretation. They were interested in how the object intersected the space. How did the object affect the experience of the space?
1968 piece is big “observatorium”
How do they engage with perception as a primary connection point?
Engagement with spacial perception
Interest in moving out of galleries, non-salable objects
Moving away from objectification
Also, some engagement with the ecological nature of the landscape but still somewhat aggressive, adversarial, etc.
Earthworks – large scale manipulation of earth, bulldozers etc.
Robert Smithson Spiral Jetty 1972 in the Salt Lakes
Lightning field art
Wheatfield, Agnes Denes’s
Performative engagements ex Hamish Fulton, British Artist “Seven Winds Seven Twigs Seven Paths”
Walter DeMaria – Earthroom, room full of dirt
Specifically associated with a specific location, gives meaning or context to the work
Action painting – the act of painting as the work, extends into the environment
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