Wednesday, September 5, 2007

From Pain to Boredom: Lendvai at Edward Winkleman

"For “Between Pain and Boredom” (the title of which is taken from Schopenhauer’s description of the extremes of life that we all oscillate between), Lendvai has constructed a series of 16-foot beams of raw White Pine that arc through the gallery. Generated via catenaries, the precise curves of the beams (which break through interior and exterior walls of the gallery to revel both factory-cut ends in places, as well as crudely sawed-off ends in others) are the result of Lendvai’s application of construction technology that pre-dates computers by millennia." - Excerpt from Edward Winkleman.

I found the discussion over the definition of "site-specific installation" to be much more interesting than the installation, which truthfully could have been followed and appreciated without the aid of this piece. If anyone actually gets this piece, please illuminate, because I am neither understanding the meaning, nor am I compelled by the installation to attempt to understand. There's no emotion, no spirit.

He installed low rafters in a room that usually exhibits paintings. (Old school is New School?)

Do you find this compelling or interesting, if so, why?

I, for one, am siding with boredom.


Drink, Memory said...

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and everything will be instantly illuminated...

not really, but I think you'll find the installations are very similar in their abstractions. I personally prefer bass wood to pine.

Oly said...

You can check out my review... it tells more about Tom, who he is, and why he does the art he does.

Or at least it's my take on it.


New York City said...

Interesting review. So, it seems to be about honoring the craftsman... like an ode to Amish carpenters. That's something I can certainly relate to as my father was a construction worker, and I often went on the job with him and helped lay footings, frame houses, etc...
Of course living in Georgia, the accents were quite different: "Ya'll get on over here and check this is level. Billy Bob - hand me that plumb bob."

Because of that experience I also ended up assisting my grandfather and step-father in construction on their own properties.

And certainly being a realist painter, I appreciate craftsmanship in general.

I'll give it another look with a renewed context.