Andre Woodward: My work is definitely time-based. There are about three different timelines going on in each piece. The tree grows. In the sound pieces, you need to consider the duration of the soundtrack, and in the pieces that incorporate lighting systems, you have that time going on as well. And then you have the time during which you are interacting with the work. I produce sculptural work because, with sculpture, there is you and the piece. There is not a flat divide—you and the piece occupy the same space. Once you realize that the sculpture is alive, something happens. You start to be sympathetic to the life-force. It isn’t merely an object. It’s a living thing. (29)
Today, the Artist in Residence in Ceramics at OCAC, Amanda Salov, will give a talk about her work, past and present at 12:45pm in the Centrum Studio as part as our Monday Lectures Series.
According to her artist statement, Salov is interested in the “Tangible, beautiful events [that] pass when we are not aware. As an artist I focus [...] on these fleeting moments” (from here). By doing so, her works create a tension between the ethereal and the sense of permanence (derived by the physicality of the works themselves and the process of making that went into their creation).
This tension is intentional. By asking the viewer to experience this tension, the artist argues that it allows the viewer to reflect on the human condition and encourages them to be more sensitive to the transitory nature of existence—and, in turn, ultimately more compassionate and empathic people (here).
More about Amanda Salov’s work and the lunch time talk about be found here.
Continuing with the themes of time and temporality, this week’s library pick is Tempus Fugit, Time Flies edited by Jan Schall. This work organizes its compendium of essays around three parts:
Part One, Twentieth –Century time, which examines how “in the span of just on hundred years, our culture has radically and creatively reinvented time, as our technologies have compressed it to the point of collapse” (14);
Part Two, World Times, which expands on the discussion of time and space, and how a sense of relative time might arise from more “diverse concepts of time” (15); and
Part Three, Conservation Time, which locates time “within the conservator’s studio” (16) and how time can simultaneously threaten art objects as well as imbue them with new meanings.
Some notable articles include: (there are many more!)
- “Time and art in twentieth-century culture” by Stephen Kern
- “Creative time : Bergson and European modernism” Mark Antliff
- “Modern times : twenthieth-century American modernists and notions of time” byErika Doss “Time and conceptual art” by Alexander
- “Other times/other histories” by Dana Friis
- “Andy Warhol’s Baseball : ephemeral time and the frozen moment” by Jan Schall
- “Siva Nataraja : cosmic, cyclical time inIndia” by Doris Srinivasan
- “Silver Horn’s Ledger Book : episodic time among the Kiowa” by Candace S. Greene
- “Patina of time : technical record of treatment : Japanese Striding Lion” by Kathleen M. Garland.
If you’re interested in Tempus Fugit, Time Flies or other works about Time or Time-based art, come down to the library after the Amanda Salov’s lecture at 12:45pm today!