Future Imperfect: A Blade of Grass, 2014-15 (英語) ペーパーバック – 2017/3/28
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Future Imperfect weaves together accessible scholarship and leading examples of socially engaged art, including artist projects by Mel Chin, Brett Cook, Pablo Helguera, Fran Ilich, Norene Leddy & Liz Slagus, Jan Mun and Jody Wood. Christian Viveros-Faune considers social practice in a business context; Greg Sholette debates its progressive bona fides; Charles Esche ruminates on its utopian claims and Grant Kester explores the tension between theory and practice. Further essays by Deborah Fisher, Laura Raicovich, Jan Cohen-Cruz and Elizabeth Grady analyze the institutional context for the art, exploring the ways that it affects organizational structure, how its impact can be assessed, and curatorial perspectives. Sections on each of the artist projects include an informative description and rich illustrations that open a window onto the artists' practice. Additional contributions by Ben Davis, Tom Finkelpearl, Rick Lowe and Nato Thompson interrogate questions of ethics and effectiveness.
I particularly like the section on 'art business', a future of art and social practice. The perspective on 'art business' is progressive and powerful. I found this to be true with the majority of what I read in the book. Insightful, intelligent, and impactful voices fill the chapters.
"At precisely the time when the art business perfectly reflects the values of the 1%, artists like Lowe, Gates and Bruguera have learned to use business art to uphold a set of opposing values: critical thinking, social and cultural usefulness, an expansion of art’s possibilities in relation to real life, and a profoundly adaptive humanism." (pg.39)
I highly recommend Future Imperfect especially for any emerging artists, students and recent grads.
It brilliantly brakes down pre-conceptions of art and invites a new insight into art as an integration mechanism rather than a selective one.
The presence of everyday people in everyday situations breaks down the barriers of art belonging to only one group of people in one type a space (white cube).
The book brings light into the re-contextualization of art in our lives. It is there to show us that art should be inclusive rather than exclusive and The book is clear, captivating and instructive at the same time. Elizabeth Grady has done a wonderful job.