Saturday, March 12, 2005
Russian (?) dolls
(Found the link at we-make-money-not-art.com) The Wurst Gallery (Portland, Oregon, US) had an original idea - they sent a set of (blank) Russian dolls to several artists (mainly local) and asked them to treat the dolls as canvas. Many of the results are surprizing and witty. My only complaint is that... the "Russian" part is quite limited (one artist's stereotypical impression from her visit to Russia...) - the organizers didn't think of, say, working with Russian artists. I'm certain they wouldn't be difficult to convince, wouldn't be expensive, and could produce something even more suprizing...
My favorite quote is from the author of the doll you see above, Ademar Matinian, answering a questionnaire:
How did you get to where you are now?
Seizing the remnants of opportunities passed.