Sunday, 14 March 2010

Installation art

Front Cover of book

Børre Sæthre, My private sky, unit1/trauma white, 2001

Ron Haselden
Maid of the Mist, 1994
Projecting fire and clouds


Mischa Kuball, Believe/Disbelieve 1999
Mirror ball and blurring the boundary.

Exchange and Interaction
Ingvil H. Aarbakke, Rikke Luther, Jon Sørvin and Cecilia Wendt
N55, Hygiene System Extended, Polyethylene tanks and fluorescent light 15 cubes 1998

Time and Narrative
Do-Ho Suh, Seoul Home 1999
Silk and metal armateurs

The definition of Installation art ‘describes an artistic genre of site-specific, three-dimensional works designed to transform the perception of a space.’ (Dictionary). Many art installations are meant to exist for a short period, some can also be permanent. Artwork installations are normally placed in a gallery or Museum or exhibition places. Installation art has wide topics because there are a variety of materials used to make, build, and design with. New media such as video, audio, performance and internet is the way forward in attracting big audiences because it is very interactive.

From the book (installation art in the new millennium 2003). I have explored the three themes, showing different examples of installation art.

First theme is escape through installation provides ‘desire for sensual pleasure’. Maybe it is because you are taken away from the real world. ‘The location of the installation is in the realm of the imaginary, stimulated by the need for escape.’ This quote expresses my opinion.

The second theme is exchange and interaction. By artist exchanging and collaborating ideas this gives opportunity to combine specialists area of designing. ‘Installation is thus seen as moving beyond the physical boundary of a single space into a realm of negotiated interactivity and simultaneity.’

The third theme is time and narrative. Some artists like to use memory as their trigger to create meaningful art works. ‘Though borrowing from existing methodologies, installation artists prefer to construct their own spaces of memory’. Using the past as a form of inspiration is very important because it gives us the chance to learn something new out of it.

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