Whitney Biennial 2008
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It's the Biennial at the Whitney. It's supposed to be the best event. All the artists from all over the world come together and displayed their new works.
The strongest works are videos, including Omar Fast's "The Casting" (2007), a look at psychological fallout of the Iraq War.
What I love of his work was his two different perspectives of interpreting his story in Iraq. One video was Omar Fast speaking to the interviewee. Two split screens - Omar fast and other screen a man with a glasses. The other video was most popular from the viewers. It was supposed to be a still shots of his stories in Iraq and his girlfriend. I mean it was true genius. It was supposed to be serious but when looking at his still shots of various clips of his stories - it was amazing. It was a video but the characters stood still trying so hard not to blink or move. It's like when you were young and playing red light, green light, 1,2,3 and trying not to move. Definitely have to see it.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
The Wooster Collective recently featured video of a piece of street scultpure by Joshua Allen Harris. It could be describe as kinetic pneumatic art, and features an inanimate pile of material attached to a subway grate. When a train passes in the tunnel beneath the grate, the upward flow of displaced air fills the material and produces a medium-sized bear. The continued flow of air makes it appear as if the bear is actually animated, like it's shaking off some arctic water. When the train is gone, the bear retreats to its former state of hibernation, waiting for the next train so it can rise again.
By Dave Hogarty in Miscellaneous