I started to think about the type of artwork I would like to see in my exhibition proposal for Hayward Touring.
As mentioned in my previous post, I wish to base my concept on the idea of the sacred and a contemporary take on hierotopy – the creation of sacred places and the importance of the object in making places sacred.
I decided to research into art that could be considered to have transcendent or sublime qualities. I am also interested in finding pieces which refer to preservation – to correspond to the idea of the preservation of ancient relics and what one values as significant. Furthermore, I would also like to include work which could evoke a subconscious or conscious recognition and familiarity within the audience – pieces akin to the profundity of ancient iconography.
My initial thoughts led me to Abstract Expressionism’s concerns with the sublime and spiritual. I also thought about Kazimir Malevich’s, Black Square, 1915 and its display at 0.10: The Last Futurist Exhibition, where its placement in the corner gave a sense of the all seeing eye.
However, I feel that these movements and pieces would be too obvious with regard to the sacred or transcendence and would not present an original exhibition concept.
Therefore, I decided to research into more contemporary artists’ work who have been active over the last 10-20yrs. Also, as I am a student at the start of my curatorial journey, it would be difficult to successfully gain access to these high-profile pieces. Having said this, I feel that a curator is in a position where they can bring new, lesser known but more innovative art to an audience and in doing so, also show their support for emerging artists.
Elders, Z. (2013) 0,10 Exhibition [online]. Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum. Available at: http://journal.stedelijk.nl/en