To what extent should an artist understand his or her surroundings?

TO WHAT EXTENT SHOULD AN ARTIST UNDERSTAND HIS OR HER FINDINGS?

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In response to an invitation to work with Project and The Model Arts & Niland Gallery, the artist Bojan Sarcevic proposed the following question: To what extent should an artist understand the implication his or her findings? This question can be approached in a number of different ways. It can be looked at in terms of how much control artists have over the reception of their work, on audience perception and the effect that an artwork can have once it is put on display. It can be considered in relation to curating or art criticism, whereby another party acts as an intermediary between the work and the audience, staging or interpreting it on their behalf and on behalf of the artist. This question can also be seen in the light of practice that functions as research, or through art that produces concrete results in the world. The project had several public manifestations including an intervention in the gallery spaces in Dublin and Sligo by Sarcevic and a conversation between the artist and critic Caoimhín Mac Goilla Léith. There was also a seminar in which artists and academics responded to the question and subsequently the publication of this book featuring images by Sarcevic, commissioned texts and transcriptions from the seminar. In addition a screening of films selected by Bojan Sarcevic, Sarah Glennie and Grant Watson approached this question tangentially, using artworks which (either through their complexity, opaqueness or use of fiction) provoked the subsequent question of what it means to understand a work of art. This project was developed collaboratively between Bojan Sarcevic, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, Sarah Glennie and Grant Watson.

 

Author: Bojan Sarcevic

Publisher: Jointly published by Project Press, The Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft, Cologne.

Published: 2006

Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.9 x 0.2 inches

ISBN No: 978-1-872493-28-2

Price: €8.00 (plus €1.00 booking fee, postage & packing)*

This book is available to purchase online or in person at Project Arts Centre Bookshop, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland.

*Please note that all online booking will be subject to a postage and packing charge of €4.00 to the Republic of Ireland and €6.00 to the rest of the world.

 

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