Testing, testing. (Photo by extraface.)
Do you problematize? Are you the kinda person who likes to invert the paradigm? Do you use the word “protean” while ordering lunch? Then you are familiar with the foreign language known as artspeak. But how familiar are you? Test the depth of your knowledge of this incomprehensible tribal tongue with the handy quiz that follows the jump. All you have to do to prove you’re a pro is to correctly match the art to the artspeak.
If you’d like, post your guesses in the comments section. We will send anyone who scores 100% our deepest condolences. Good luck. And no cheating. Correct answers will be posted next week.
Below, find five works of art. Match them to the five bits of text at bottom. All quotes and images have been pulled from press/web materials issued by the artists’ galleries.
1. Tree of Winter Dew, 2008 by Rebecca Horn.
2. Untitled (Mustang), 2008 by Josephine Meckseper.
3. Dislocation III, 2008 by Grégory Chatonsky.
4. Untitled, 2008 by Danielle Van Ark.
5. JFK by Todd Norsten.
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a. “The humble origins of [the artist's] subjects are employed to investigate the esoteric tenets of modernist [art]; and one prevents the other from becoming formally over determined, or too shrill in its cultural observance.”
b. “These important new [works], the scale of which are determined by the extent of the artist’s physical reach, evoke personal, metaphorical, and metaphysical influences orchestrated through dynamic gesture.”
c. “By taking a position of absolutes, namely cosmological embeddedness and the influence of nature on human life and society, this exhibit goes against the relativist grain.”
d. “Functioning as literal and metaphorical armatures for an interrogation into the failed ‘shock and awe’ phenomenon of a war that has resulted in the death of 4000 service members in Iraq and a crucial election in which one candidate has declared the possibility of occupation continuing in that country for ’100 years,’ the installation refers to Giorgio Agamben’s concept of ‘the state of exception,’ which allows for monstrosities such as Guantanamo Bay and Blackwater to occur.”
e. “[The artist's] work is inspired by the increasing aesthetization of the destruction in the mass medias and it questions the relation between a form and a matter.”
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