Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Infinite Jest (DCA)

If you don't know what it is about, walking into a room full of these strange creations can be confusing. Infinite Jest is an exhibition made up of everyday objects like clothes and cookies and is the work of artists Cinthia Marcelle, Rob Pruitt and William Mackrell. Compared to some of the pieces, the chocolate chip cookies set into a wooden wheel is probably the most normal there. Others, such as the Evian Fountain (Rob Pruitt) which, as you might have guessed, is a fountain made up of Evian boxes, are slightly more extreme. Wait...what am I saying? They're both pretty weird actually.

Thankfully there were explanatory leaflets on hand for the casual looker to seize. At least they gave you the appearance of somebody who knows what's going on. I went around with mine stuck to me like glue. My brothers and dad walked round in a more relaxed way, laughing at everything they saw. But, as dad put it, art is in the eye of the beholder, or was it art is what you make of it?

In gallery 1 there were two pieces put together by Cinthia Marcelle, Confronto (from the series Unus Mundus) which is a seven minute video displaying a group of fire jugglers on a zebra crossing who manage to get a few drivers very angry by not moving when the red light goes green, and Volta ao Mondo (Round the World (from the series Unus Mundus) another video, this time of Marcelle herself disrupting a roundabout with a crew of white vans which form a circuit and then leave. All very...interesting to watch. And even more interesting to read:

"In the chaos of things I find many of my propositions; what becomes mandatory is that, at a certain point, I gain distance and try to reorganize this disorder formally. This happens, for instance, in the aerial views from Unus Mundus (2004-05), in which the distance lets us see, down there, a new dimension of things, new circuits. Ideas emanate then from within a turmoil of possibilities from everyday life, in the movement of the bodies, in the appeal of ordinary materials, in intriguing spaces, in accumulation, in the possible magic of the work's world"  
Cinthia Marcelle (making a lot of sense)

The other work in gallery 1 is that of William Mackrell, 100 Candles, a photograph exhibiting a circle of tea light candles. The work is also shown in a video. Deux Chevaux, depicting two horses pulling a car. I ended up laughing at this one, there's something absurd about it that makes it instantly likable. Although the whole exhibition is rather absurd, though, maybe just to me as I'm not really familiar with the more, uh, flamboyant side of the art world. Anyway, more William Mackrell, 90 Minutes, which apparently involved teams wearing red and blue exhibited next to the sofas in the foyer (I say apparently because being unobservant, I didn't notice them) and a concrete ball, which I did notice.

Finally in gallery 1 was Rob Pruitt's Pop-Pop's Chocolate-Chip Cookies, made up of cookies and a framed cookie recipe. I really should have taken a picture of the recipe so I could try some out at home because they sounded quite good! In face, *just reading over the leaflet now*, you're encouraged to try the recipe. Damn.

I'm just going to focus on gallery 1 in this post because if I included gallery two this post might end up a few too words long. Okay, so in my opinion, if this exhibition wasn't free, I don't think I would pay the money to get me in to be perfectly honest. I'm sure many people find this sort of art intriguing and like to look into its hidden meanings, but I don't. On the contrary, I find this sort of work fun, it's good for a laugh, and you can stop and look and say 'I could have done that!' not to offend any of you readers. It just wasn't my cup of tea. But if any of you happen to be in Scotland and are interested in viewing the work of Cinthia Marcelle, Rob Pruitt and William Mackrell, it can be found at the DCA until the 26th of August. 

Sources: Infinite Jest exhibition guide

Miss B xxxx