Art about movement, production, and relationships…
Ai Wei Wei @ Mary Boone Gallery, Jan 7- Feb 4, 541 W 24th St
Ai Wei Wei’s handpainted ceramic sunflower seeds are transported to the Mary Boone Gallery in a fairytale like fashion– yet another miracle of industry (see the amazing process of porcelain production in the city of Jingdezhen and Ai Wei Wei’s commentary) and human labor, prompting questions about art and production). The mythic process and relationships it created for all those participating in this project far exceeds (or perhaps is) the meaning of the final product.
@ Brooklyn Museum, October 5, 2011–January 22, 2012, Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor
Lee Mingwei explores the concept of relationships in The Moving Garden at the Brooklyn Museum. In a time when the US Postal Service is closing offices and slowing mail, this participatory art process makes us wonder about the beauty and significance of delivering something in person.
Her deceptively “static” installation Infinite Line is actually about movement and fragility in all forms. In the artist’s words, her work is about “the depiction of gravity and weightlessness as both an operative and a disorienting force. I’m thinking about floating, sinking, rising, drifting, and the resulting fragility, disorientation, and instability.“