I saw this video called The Hunt by Christian Jankowski this week at the ICA in Boston. This is a horrible reproduction, but I thought I’d post it because I found the piece quite enjoyable. “The footage captures a segment of Jankowski’s week-long quest to eat only groceries he shoots in the supermarket with a bow and arrow.” It got me thinking about the difference between art and entertainment… I don’t think I’ll be taking a stab at trying to define that difference , but I think it’s interesting to think about how I would view this so differently if it were, say, a short skit on Saturday Night Live. The focus would then become about entertaining and making people laugh opposed to commenting on society. I like how Jankowski employs humor to help make his point. I’m interested in humor in art, especially in painting- where the history of paint and painting can cause a sometimes too serious preconception about the medium. It can be hard to view or make a painting without that history breathing down your neck, but I think humor has the potential to be another entrance point into a painting.
I also got to check out I am who I am. The portrait reconsidered at Steven Zevitas Gallery. The work of Peter Ophiem stuck out (see above). He paints from models he makes from plasticine clay. I like how paints mass, I’ve been struggling with that some in my own work lately.