There is art and there is art. Sometimes there is also art that may not appear to the untrained eye to be art, but it is art nevertheless. But if all art is creation, and if everything is created, is not everything art?
But such profound thoughts were NOT running through my mind as i lazily decided to step out last Saturday to take this CAB everyone seemed to be raving about. I went here looking for some art together with some free Italian sandwiches, but then i found out (after arduous reasearch on the internet and many online discussions with linguistic experts) what biennale meant; bi-annual.
Or was it the inverse of that, as in every two years? Nevertheless, the name was posh enough for people who normally wouldn’t look twice at Michelangelo’s David to flock to Park Street Mews dressed in their coolest casually urban get-ups to witness it.
The traffic cones at the entrance were NOT a part of the exhibition, neither was the gas cooker on the table near the ticket counter. I almost took some photographs of these ‘exhibits’ but thought better of it, saving myself the agony of dying of retrospective embarrassment.
Here’s what i saw.
The Dead Wall
This was something we all stared at for a long time. And though we tried to understand what the artist was trying to say; we failed miserably. Next to the wall of disembodied heads there were carrion birds with ties on; which i took to signify corporate exploitation (rock on!). Next to that there was a wall made up of skeletons and on the right of that a curious apparatus made up of cardboard and plastic bottles. On the whole, everything spoke of oppressive dominance and torture etc (and maybe global warming). So i guess we got the message.
The Freedom Of Expression Thing
This guy burned up some books, blacked out a few more, tore up and charred some others, nailed ’em to the wall, called it ‘Freedom of Expression’ and priced the whole thing at around 70k. And no i don’t think the price includes the piece of wall. A single book was 5k. But i can get you the same thing for 10k, installation free (I have a friend who has a friend).
Full points for concept though (well not really). But at least some points for audacity.
A depiction of 9/11. One of the more interesting pieces i thought.
The Mutilator Exhibit
According to our ‘guide’ the artist wanted us to imagine the flowers were Tamil people and to think up ways of physically harming them with the giant objects in the piece; quite unimaginative (not to mention disturbing) as far as concepts go. It was probably designed for the more morbidly psychotic art connoisseur *cough*puppeteer*cough*. Didn’t look that hard to draw either.
I liked these, some symbolic stuff that i actually got. Like the ‘king falling on Pettah’ &nbsp;which was @thejester100’s name for it (kids i tell you!), and the space age pistol, trumpet, clown combo etc. I may have actually bought the last one if i had the cash to aimlessly throw around.
Labor Unions gone buck wild
Wheelbarrows, rusted metal, hanging licence plates in wierd positions. Doesn’t really signify anything like a uprisal of the masses but if chaos is the keyword here then i guess it does.
All that Jack left behind
I don’t really know what this was meant to express but to me it conveyed the sense of loss felt by the giant when Jack ran away with his golden-egg-laying rooster and all he was left with was the one solitary egg; to gaze at and revere forever. Or he might have felt this if he weren’t lying in a crumpled heap at the bottom of a destroyed beanstalk. Which makes it even more poignant. One of my favorites.
Wierd hook like device
Did you go for it? myself, i can’t wait for the next one to come along in six months, or two years.