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Lecture 7

Lecture 7

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Art
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FAH354H1
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FAH354  –  Lecture  7 *1991  ar▯cle-­‐pg  48 • Starts  very  asser▯vely • Arts  in  Quebec  are  inserted  in  the  sphere  of  Canadian  art • Where  does  Quebec  fit?  Some  fit  quite  well  but  within  context  of  “Canadian” • *Cadieu -­‐she  doesn’t  see  this  as  defini▯ve  of  Quebec  context • Ques▯on  of  gender  –  Quebec  ar▯sts  are  stereotypically  female • Is  the  Quebec  situa▯on  a  special  case  of  ques▯oning  Canadian-­‐ness? • Also  applies  to  Aboriginal  art • When  do  specific  group  iden▯▯es  supersede  larger  ones? Pg49 • Feminiza▯on  of  the  image  in  Quebec  is  PARTICULAR  to  Quebec  (also  found  elsewhere  in  the   country,  obviously) • Cadieu  typically  focuses  on  female  body,  its  passions,  weakness,  strengths • Canadian  Pavilion,  Venice  Biennial,  Venice  (1990) -­‐photo  in  glass  panel  wall -­‐body  hair  and  facial  hair  blends  with  surroundings -­‐powerful  and  effec▯ve  scenes  of  bodily  in▯macy • She  says  it  falls  within  paradigm  and  issues  of  language  (pg52) • Which  she  sees  as  MORE  important  in  Quebec,  and  thus  more  typical  in  Quebec Rober  Racine,  Mirror  Pages  (1980-­‐94) • Huge  project  where  he  takes  pages  from  French  encyclopedia  or  thesaurus,  he  cuts  out  and  crosses   out  words • Cut  out  and  pasted  words  on  a  mirror  surface • Mirrors  –  you  would  see  movement  of  light,  reflec▯ons,  ▯ny  words • Very  interac▯ve • He  was  trying  to  ‘render  en▯re  French  language  visible  in  some  way’ • Sense  of  language  and  it  being  a  part  of  us FAH354  –  Lecture  7 • Language  as  being  very  large  and  subject  to  specifica▯on  (dic▯onaries,  encyclopedias,  constant   defini▯on  of  single  words) • Wants  you  to  feel  as  if  you  are  par▯cipa▯ng  in  the  VISUAL  side  of  language Ken  Lum,  don’t  be  silly,  you’re  not  ugly  (1993) • Repe▯▯on  of  the  words • Overall  uncomfortable  feeling • Purple  background  corresponds  with  girl’s  sweater We  are  Sacred  Blade  (1990) • Picking  up  adver▯sing  techniques,  fonts,  types • Not  mocking  them,  just  presen▯ng  it  the  way  it  is • He’s  very  good  at  picking  up  popular  discourse,  style,  lingo • It  seems  like  it  exists Melly  Shum  Hates  Her  Job  (1989) • Seems  like  an  adver▯sement,  but  you’d  never  guess  that  the  harmless  looking  woman  hated  her  job • Completely  contrasted • All  capitals  –  yelling • The  image  was  on  the  corner  of  a  very  famous  ar▯st-­‐run  art  gallery  in  Ro▯erdam -­‐made  into  an  actual  billboard -­‐which  is  exactly  where  he  is  ge▯ng  the  rhetoric  from • Posi▯oned  as  an  adver▯sement • It  just  makes  no  sense  in  the  realm  of  public  display • it  was  up  on  the  building  for  about  20  years • It’s  a  type  of  quiet  protest  for  people  who  also  hate  their  jobs  (maybe?) • it’s  nega▯ve  but  many  people  can  relate  to  it  so  it  makes  it  popular • could  be  called  post-­‐modernist   -­‐system  of  adver▯sement FAH354  –  Lecture  7 “Flesh  Dress”  and  “Voice  of  Fire”  controversies Na▯onal  Gallery  of  Canada  Great  Hall  and  Entrance  Corridor,  O▯awa,  Moshe  Safdie  (1988) • site  of  some  very  high  profile  art  controversies Purchase  of  $1.7million  Barne▯  Newman’s  Voice  of  Fire,  which  hung  in  the  American  pavilion  in  1967 • the  money  that  was  spent  on  an  AMERICAN  ar▯st Michael  Snow,  Plus  Tard  (1977) • he  goes  through  the  na▯onal  gallery  and  takes  purposefully  blurred  images  of  iconic  images  (like   Lauren  Harris) • huge  public  objec▯on  to  the  voice  of  fire  piece  was  extraordinary Fuller’s  Geodesic  Dome   • signs  of  American  dominance  at  Expo  67 Barne▯  Newman,  1967   • installed  in  the  huge  space  in  the  na▯onal  gallery Onement  I  (1948) • his  breakthrough  picture • Newman  was  a  bit  crazy,  destroyed  all  his  old  work   • Wrote  a  lot  of  essays • 1948  he  was  making  this  small  pain▯ng,  he  used  masking  tape  to  make  a  straight  line,  took  it  off  and   had  2  colours,  and  he  saw  that  as  a  religious  statement  of  both  unifica▯on  and  separa▯on • He  worked  for  the  rest  of  his  life  mostly  with  some  varia▯on  of  these  ‘zips’  or  ‘splits’ • A  zip  was  when  the  center  line  was  smaller  than  the  surrounding  blocks  (divides  them) • Reac▯on  to  voice  of  fire  –  MP  said  it  was  a  stupid  pain▯ng  in  the  media,  which  sparked  more  of  an   interest  from  the  public • There  is  something  specially  offensive  about  abstract  art    to  some  people FAH354  –  Lecture  7 • It  seems  high-­‐brow,  eli▯st • Because  some  people  don’t  understand  it,  they  get  frustrated   • Abstract  work  becomes  very  controversial  when  a  lot  of  money  is  spent  on  it,  and  is  some▯mes   subject  to  vandalism • Another  controversy  about  a  Mark  Rothko  no.16 • No  one  cared  about  3.3  million  spent  on  a  renaissance  pain▯ng • A  lot  of  this  contr
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