Today is the birthday of one of my favourite painters, Philip Guston. Check him out being hard case above; “What you’re doing is trying to stay alive and continue, not die.”
Mike Bouchet has taken a novel approach to this year’s Manifesta 11 theme – ‘What People Do for Money: Joint Ventures’ by re-routing and transforming the city’s waste. His work The Zurich Load 2016, which is in its final stages of production, consists of 80,000 kilos of human faeces – the equivalent of a day’s worth of sewerage production in the city. The artist has been working with a local sewerage plant and conservator to transform the waste (using lime and cement) into a series of monumental, hand formed bricks, produced at the rate of about fifty per day. Poking fun at the stereotypes of the ‘clean’ Swiss, Bouchet’s is keen for participants to get up close and personal with their waste. He says; “With this work I like the idea of people being comfortable around it. There is reason why there’s a taboo about waste that has built up over the ages.” The completed work, which can only be shown indoors, (and smells INTENSE by all accounts), will sit in one of the largest exhibition spaces in the city, the first floor of the Migros Museum from June 11th – September 18th before being destroyed.
So it’s Goya’s Birthday today. The Chapman Brothers are obsessed with Goya, and particularly his set of 83 etchings The Disasters of War (1810 – 1820). Here’s a vid of Jake Chapman arguing that Goya’s work celebrates violence rather than protests against it…
Brooklyn Museum recently hosted a life drawing session with a twist. Organised by artist Jeremy Deller, the subject was Iggy Pop. On the 21st of February a diverse group of arts students including retirees, undergrads, postgrads and practising artists aged 19-80 assembled at the Museum to draw the leathery one. The resulting works will be exhibited as part of the gallery’s Autumn exhibition program. Describing his choice of subject Deller said: ““For me it makes perfect sense for Iggy Pop to be the subject of a life class; his body is central to an understanding of rock music and its place within American culture. His body has witnessed much and should be documented.”
And if you’re in Melbourne and fancy attending a life drawing session sans Iggy check out Life Drawing Brunswick, run by artist Ruth O’Leary (who creates rad posters like the one above for each session). From 6:30pm every Tuesday night, 33 Tinning Street, Brunswick.
44 years ago today the late Chris Burden got his friend Bruce Dunlap to shoot him in the arm. The result was the performance piece, Shoot. Here’s a nice little 4 minute doco about the work produced by The New York Times.
Gentleman of the NZ art world Peter McLeavey has died aged 79. The influential art dealer ran his eponymously titled gallery in Cuba Street, Wellington, for over 40 years. McLeavey sought out and backed young artists including Colin McCahon, Jacqueline Fraser, Laurence Aberhart and Yvonne Todd from the beginning of their careers and became the trusted friend of some of New Zealand’s top practitioners. The gallery will continue to run under the direction of McLeavey’s daughter, Olivia, as it has done for the past few years.
If you want to learn more about Peter McLeavey, LOL recommends the 2009 documentary The Man in The Hat directed by Luit Bieringa that you can watch online here, care of NZ on Screen.