Personal Structures at Palazzo Bembo
Palazzo Bembo, multi-national, collateral exhibition, Venezia – Personal Structures, Lawrence Weiner
Rebecca Vaughan and I came across Personal Structures while on our way to lunch on our first day in Venice. Not looking for a certain venue, it felt a bit wondrous to have our curiousity peeked by a few brightly colored ceramic sculptural balls in a courtyard. We walked into Weiner’s solo, and then up into increasing loads of art.
Weiner’s piece is a deadpan comment on alchemy and art- with a subtle comment on money + art. (Watch our coffee review here.)
Another ball piece- a large shiny gazing ball with a wet swimmer on top by Carole Feuerman is the first work in the large (too large), one of everything group portion of the exhibition, Personal Structures at Palazzo Bembo. Even though there was too much for me I appreciated the placement of many of the works as much of it flowed or reacted off of each other or the space.
Lots of great works, (installations by Triny Prada, Cristiana Fioretti, Chul Hyun Ahn and painting by Sally Gabori) but I wish the exhibition catalogue had given better warning. I wouldn’t have gone to see something this extensive before lunch. It’s more work than I can appreciate without, in-between, cleansing the palette.
I had to agree with Rebecca Vaughan with the overuse of plexiglass- if it’s not part of the piece either conceptually or materially, it just doesn’t belong. I HATED to see any of the sculptures by Otto Piene, Heinz Macke or Hans Bischoffhausen’s ruined by the glare of plexiglass. These spare minimal pieces that emphasize materiality are best seen uninterrupted.
To see the same work by Jakob Gasteiger that I saw in London and Barcelona makes me wonder-Why are curators fixated on this work in particular?
Thanks to Yoko Ono. Her piece, Arising, gave me a way of getting the piece by the creepy sexist artist out of my head…If you go, you’ll know which one I’m talking about.
WOMEN OF ALL AGES, FROM ALL COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD:
YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A TESTAMENT OF HARM DONE
TO YOU BY MEN, FOR BEING A WOMAN.
WRITE YOUR TESTAMENT IN YOUR OWN LANGUAGE,
IN YOUR OWN WORDS, AND WRITE HOWEVER OPENLY YOU WISH.
YOU MAY SIGN YOUR FIRST NAME IF YOU WISH,
BUT DO NOT GIVE YOUR FULL NAME.
SEND A PHOTOGRAPH ONLY OF YOUR EYES.
THE TESTAMENTS OF HARM AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF YOUR EYES
WILL BE EXHIBITED IN MY INSTALLATION ARISING,
JUNE 1 – NOVEMBER 24, 2013, IN THE EXHIBITION,
PERSONAL STRUCTURES, AT PALAZZO BEMBO IN VENICE,
AS PART OF THE 55TH VENICE BIENNALE.
A BOOK WILL ALSO BE PREPARED OF THE ARTWORK,
AND A SELECTION OF YOUR TESTAMENTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS
WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THIS BOOK.
THE INSTALLATION ARISING WILL CONTINUE TO GROW
AND WILL BE EXHIBITED IN MANY COUNTRIES.
I VERY MUCH HOPE FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION.
April 29, 2013
Send your testaments and photos just of your eyes by post to:
ARISING c/o Global Art Affairs Foundation – Palazzo Bembo
Riva del Carbon 47930 - 30124 Venezia - Italy
or email to firstname.lastname@example.org