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2) How public art contains historical, personal and public content.
I believe all art contains some form of personal information by
virtue of the choices and decisions made by the artist when creating the
piece. The personal content may be subliminal or exalted, the choice is with
the artist but it is always present in the work.
Historical content is an option that may be dictated by the
commission or may be the choice of the artist. History imbedded in the piece
may act as a reminder or remembrance like the Vietnam memorial or act as a
warning like Picasso's Guernica.
Public works of art have the honor of being seen by any and all.
The placement of the artwork may be as necessary to the intent as the
materials used. Artist of public art have the added responsibility of
recognizing the diversity of the viewers. Broadcasting their message to the
public, like Diego Rivera's murals, takes on a greater magnitude and
responsibility and maybe a little more courage.
I hope I have able to coherently touch on some of the issues you raised
without carrying on into eternity. Your ideas bring up some fascinating
concepts. I am looking forward to seeing Gwen Boyle's artwork "Time and the
River" when it is posted.
Lisa Bloomfield wrote:
> Hello from Vancouver!....I see you are concerned about the art issues
> assignment. I believe it has only been introduced to our class, but from
> what I understand we are to discuss issues surrounding our regional
> I'm not sure if the UBC web site is up and working yet, but it should have
> an artist image in my file, and state the issues I have found within this
> I'll give you the basic introduction to Gwen Boyle. She is a public
> artist in Vancouver. Her art is generally site specific and she involver
> some type of natural elements within her mediums. For instance, the work
> on the web titled "time and the river" uses a 20 ton glacial boulder,
> water, carved metal and stone.
> I noticed that you responded to some of the discussion of the art an
> ecology on the getty digest, so I hope you will find her work interesting.
> I suppose my issues are: 1) inclusion of natural science and art and 2)
> how public art contains historical, personal, and public content.
> I think a school project involved with an artist who work with this size
> and media would be exciting for both the students and the teacher.
> Let me know what you think?