Because today I really wanted to stay in bed under my warm blanket, to continue to sleep without having to wake up, let’s share some of the works of Jason Dodge.
This prolific artist born in the US but currently working in Berlin, likes to combine different objects to take them out of their context and utility.
Adding to this a narrative title, and you find yourself in a weird space, not sure you truly belong here, or what it means, if this is supposed to mean anything,… which help to acquire a good questions marks face.
So, thank you Jason Dodge, I couldn’t find better art works to summarise my day! You got to love art for that 🙂
The pictures below are focusing on the blankets, but his subject is more vast than this, and I encourage you to visit website of the gallery Casey Kaplan in New York where the pics are from.
I know, not very cheerful, but…
Let’s start today with Fuck it up and start again (one guitar smashed and mended 7 times), 2001 from Sofia Hultén.
I am normally not a big fan of happening and other video of such (I usually pass quickly in front of it during art fair/exhibition…), but how not to be captivated by the concept, energy and title?
Unlike the rock star smashing for good its artistic medium, using a language of self-destruction and provocation, here, the artist repairs it, smash it again and on repeat. Therefore, the emphasis is not much on the action only but also on the object itself: she doesn’t use another guitar, but give to this object, life and death, in a word: history and that’s exactly why this anthropomorphism is captivating.
Plus, by exploring in her works the concept of reconstruction of everyday objects, she actually succeed to reverse at its best the concept of ready-made art. Brilliant.
Images © Sophia Hulten