Art in public space. Joining Hades.

Joining Hades. The Greacian God of the Underworld. Hades meaning: the unseen. That's what the next exhibit is about. Presenting art in public space but unseen.

Inspite of what Christianity made out of it, Hades being passive rather than evil. Ruling the Underworld and being feared by the living. Ruling the unseen. No living returning from the unseen. No living soul wanting to go there out of free will. So, what's the use of presenting art in the unseen.

Presenting art in the unseen has a couple advantages; one doesn't has to go to a townhall and ask for a permit. why should one anyhow. It takes forever and most likelyn the answer being a no. Furthermore it'sworking in the absolute freedom of public space.And using such a location means creating a piece in a special ambience.

A site of art for conscious placement of symbols. A site not exactly totally unseen. Being a public space sooner or later people will see it. Wether being invited or not. These people or public, being of whatever nature, will get confronted with an artwork . An artwork on a location the never expected it.

Discovering a piece, like the one on the left, on such a location being something completely different than visiting a gallery or museum. A totally different context. Artist presenting their work on a socle , cadre or even using a complete museum in their context. But does the essence of the artwork change by changing the way of presenting? Seeing the piece means getting connected with it. Connecting with it completing the artwork.

The problem of visibility or invisibility still remaining. How does the artist have to cope with this problem? Or should the deeper [an]aesthetic experience prevale? Being open to the sensitive experience.Does the artist have to cope with that probleme at all?  

And what about the location itself? Transforming a ruin into a site with an artwork. Or transforming the entire ruin into an aesthetic experience. To me the location being like a canvas. Creating an installation by using the site as a canvas. The creative proces resulting into a pure aesthetic artwork. Purpose being to offer the spectator with a new vision on its habitat.

Moving between the official artworld and the subculture doesn't have to be a problem.. Fact being one creates an artwork, presents an artwork and does so for the public. No difference between official or subculture. Question being; what about marketing? Street-artist Kaws salving that problem by founding his own label: Original Fake.

The media, marketing company's and musea nowadays loving the subculture as being hip, salving the marketing problem. Thus creating another problem. What becomes of a subculture being integrated in such a form? Being taken over by the moneymakers?

Art in public space. joining the Hades. 

 

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