On January 14th, 2009 the Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced that it was deaccessioning more than 100 items from its costumes and textiles collection. Once carefully collected, catalogued, and cared for, these items have now been cast back out in to the world. What will happen to them? Like any other useless item, they will need to be recycled or disposed of.
Recycle LACMA is a project of Los Angeles-based artist Robert Fontenot. At three separate auctions he purchased over 50 items deaccessioned by LACMA and is now trying to find new uses for these otherwise unwanted items. link
"When I’m being extreme, I’m capable of thinking that frankly the whole art scene is made up of a bunch of idiots. And I have no desire to get millions of ordinary people to queue up to look at that stuff. Why should they? It’s got nothing much to do with them. To suddenly expect it to be popular is asking the impossible. There really is very little in it for a mass audience and I think this mass audience it’s suddenly now got, knows that really. And they’re not really interested; they’re just along for the ride, for the nonsense.
Art talk: Every once in awhile I come across an art description or quote that I feel inclined to share. Sometimes it is because the words are clever and witty but, very often it is because art talk can sound ridiculous.
"In the series Ruff was faced with the challenge of discovering a new way to capture familiar, well-documented monuments. DPB08, in particular, illustrates Ruff's investigation of how we experience a man-made structure and its relation to the natural setting. Blurring the photograph to obliterate any true distinction between building and environment, Ruff mirrors the modernist architect’s ambivalence towards traditional spatial relationships."
artist Yayoi Kusama and her new "dots obsession, full happiness with dots" mobile phone
'dots obsession, full happiness with dots' is a recreation of kusama's 'infinity mirror room-phalli's field (or floor show)'. It is a mysterious box covered with white dots on a red background with a maze scope extending from a side wall of the box. peering inside, the world of dots - kusama's signature motif - expands infinitely. The mirror inside the box multiplies the dots, overwhelming you as you peer inside, creating the sensation that you might not know where you are anymore. as you open the box, you find a mobile phone buried amongst the dots. Only 100 are available.