Still shrinking the world, nobody can accuse us of navel gazing. So just before things really kickoff for the Fall in Portland art scene... the third time is the charm with the last of our Documenta 13 photoblog posts with photos by Portland's own Damien Gilley. You can find Part I
and II here
Fusun Onur's work comes with a handy name tag in case you were wondering who made this. Look, I generally like Onur's fastidious video/sound installation art but chair art is almost as bad as bed art... it usually falls flat on its face. The blue is beautiful but the visual component here seems like your standard "ennial" art strategy.
According to Damien Sam Durant's work "Scaffold" was a highlight of Documenta 13. A haunting and floating platform mashup of various historical gallows sited in a park associated with The Enlightenment has incredible power rarely tapped in contemporary art. From these pictures it reminds me of the Winchester House.... chills.
Christian Philipp Muller's Swiss Chard Ferry (The Russians aren't going to make it across the Fulda anymore) (2012)
chanelling a little bit of Michael Heizer this installation by Rosella Biscotti leveraged gravity and materials
I can never seem to muster any enthusiasm for any art that steps on the landmine of Art = engage insanity. This piece by Pedro Reyes, "SANATORIAM" goes down that well worn path of art festival craziness and attempts to provide therapy as a balm to all of the angst. A bar and a detox center might have been more effective
Damien considered Trisha Donnely's theater takeover another of the highlights.
sculpture by Chai Siri and Apichatpong Weerasethakul
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