Key Concept – Sight Responsive Art

In the recent Key Concept lecture about how art is displayed in different environments and how art responds to this it quoted –“the specificity of site-orientated works means that they are conceived for, dependent upon, and inseparable from their location.” James Meyer. This really interested me as it made me see art not just as it is, but part of the surroundings and reliant on it.

As well as showing a number of examples of different types of site-responsive art – Public Art, Landscape Art, Performance Art, Installation Art etc – It talked about art that might be demolished/ruined after display. Richard Serra says “to remove the work is to destroy the work”- but artists are challenging this every day.

I have had some ideas, based mainly on Keith Arnatt’s ‘Notes from Jo’ about taking something temporary and lacking in structure, like sketchbook pages or paper, and displaying it in a gallery space. These texts would be looked at once by the audience, taken down, not sold or seen again, and would be temporary. How would this change how the audience looks at my work? I think it would make them read into the work more, rather than pass over it, something temporary made noticeable on a gallery wall. Also, If I was to look at the painting I’ve recently created on my wall, it seems odd, painted on an imperfect studio, as if not displayed as art. But the words still draw in viewers and are interesting, maybe because they are displayed on such an unexpected or temporary space.


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