This is not one of Park's pieces from Art Basel but another from the M55 website.
by Patrick Ogle
Kenneth Park was one of the last people I spoke with but one of the only ones I spoke to on video, at length. I suppose three or four minutes on video is not really "at length." He works out of Long Island, NY. There were three pieces of his work at the ScopeFair at Art Basel Miami 2010. He has plans for some even more ambitions work and he talked about and showed the preliminary work for what is coming.
Park discussed his upcoming work further saying that in addition to--or perhaps instead of--being called a commentary it could be seen as a reversal. The project has not been fully formulated and certainly not finalized. It is going to take place and Park is eager to get back into the studio. He says his overall work has been extensively influenced by his proximity to so many great works of abstract expressionism in New York City (De Kooning, Gorky et al).
Some of the fabulous work from the Spinello Gallery in the Scope Fair
by Patrick Ogle
Art Basel is something you should attend. It is almost over over for this year but it will be back next and you should go. In fact, I insist.
It isn’t to make Miami more “vibrant” and it isn’t so you can be here to listen to the relentlessly insipid coverage of the event on local television news. Likewise the reason isn’t because it is a hip and happening social event where you can see and be seen. It isn’t for the parties. The reason you should go is because of the overwhelmingly beautiful, provocative and diverse art made available to everyone with eyes. There will be art you hate and art you love, no matter your taste. If you do not like any art I expect you are not reading this site, or if you are you are waiting for the fart joke. There will not be one. Ok, maybe there will be one but that is beside the point.
Seriously, you think you are a tough guy? Maybe because you tailgate at Packers’ games? You are not. That is nothing. It just requires a warm coat and a spatula. Art Basel will kick your ass. When I went into the Red Dot tent at Art Basel I came upon the exhibit for Galerie NuEdge (based in Montreal) and began a conversation with the young lady representing the gallery.
“I have seen so much art in the last two days I think I am having a nervous breakdown.” I said.
And the young lady gave an understanding laugh. She got it. She sympathized. She didn't seem to be reaching for her mace. There is so much art as to mentally overwhelm anyone who tries to really see a large portion of it, to experience even a bare majority of the exhibits, to simply try to understand what thought went into and is behind all the pieces. I didn’t even get to a majority of the exhibits. I saw Art Miami, Scope and Red Dot,as well as some other events connected Basel (at Cando Arts and Miguel Paredes opening). I also, at the suggestion of a friend, did a self-guided walking tour of the design district and Wynwood’s graffiti, which ranges from trained artists to graffiti of the usual kind. All of these were productive endeavors. Details on all of these later.
Art Miami & Red Dot at Night
Art Miami & Red Dot During The Day
Even those with the most cursory art knowledge will find works by artists they know. Bring a notebook, write down the artists you like. Follow them, find out where there work is shown. You might also be surprised by the fact that you, yes YOU, can buy art. Now, unless you are a person of means you will not be purchasing any photos by Cartier-Bresson or, even more unlikely, buying paintings by the late Wilfredo Lam (Cernuda Arte sold one of his paintings for $3 million the day Art Basel opened). There are pieces, sometimes small, sometimes not, that sell for low thousands and occasionally hundreds of dollars. The topic of what is “good” art is something that can lead to close to blows between enthusiasts. It is the same, although perhaps a tad less contentious, when the discussion of buying art as an investment. But buying art you can afford to simply because you like it is not terribly controversial. If it turns out your favorite art becomes valuable and studied in art school then bully for you.
You will also find that most of the exhibitors and artists present are also very gracious. Most are happy to talk to you about your art , be they artists or gallery owners/representatives. It isn't uncommon for people to be intimidated by art. No one wants to admit they are not knowledgeable. Art Basel is a way, not only to collect, but to learn. You can do this by just looking and talking to people but if you are a more formal sort there are many more formal lectures and discussions (I missed these). It is more than a party, it is more than a place for millionaires to purchase million dollar art. It is a virtual art school under tents in the rapidly rejuvenating City of Miami.
It also takes place in December, the perfect time to get out of Cleveland..
Photos by Tatiana Parcero at Art Miami Fair
*After seeing her work in a collection I sent Ms. Parcero (among others) an email about her art. She was gracious enough to reply.
Wilfredo Lam’s. Les Fiancés (1944)
A few years back, when I stopped a sort of accidental hiatus from art, I found an artist most other folks already knew, the late Cuban master, Wilfredo Lam.
Lam’s. Les Fiancés (1944), sold for 3 million dollars through Cernuda Arte minutes after the opening Art Basel this week in Miami. The painting depict's the artist's marriage to Helena Holzer. Lam is a fascinating character and an innovative artist from what I have read on him. It is to be hoped the anonymous buyer will loan the painting to an appropriate museum at some point. But, don't hold your breath.
Videos as art have always flummoxed me. I love short films but when someone refers to such a film as "art" there is an immediate expectation that it be "more" than anything you simply refer to as a "short film."
I do not claim that this is rational on my part but interpreting art is sometimes as much a feeling as it is concrete thought (and since there is some question about whether I am actually capable of thought I go with the "feeling" part).
I saw several pieces of video art at the Art Miami exhibit that was part of Art Basel and I liked many. One with a gentleman leading sheep around in a circle was another that stuck in my mind.
But Omer Fast's CNN Concatenated was what really stuck in my tiny brain. You can see it in its entirity HERE. What really makes this for me is how he incorporates the "clicks, ticks and pauses" of the anchors.
video by Marcela Aguero
Galleries, shows and more on ART. Part of the aim of this is to "demystify" art. You are allowed to enjoy art even if you weren't an art major in college.