Sunday, September 6, 2009

CLUTTER INSTALLATION

Song Dong's "Waste Not Want Not" on view at MOMA is an installation of the artist's mother's possessions accrued in her home over 50 years: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/961
Beijing-based artist Song Dong (b. 1966) explores notions of transience and impermanence with installations that combine aspects of performance, video, photography, and sculpture. Projects 90, his first solo U.S. museum show, presents his recent work Waste Not. A collaboration first conceived of with the artist's mother, the installation consists of the complete contents of her home, amassed over fifty years during which the Chinese concept of wu jin qi yong, or "waste not," was a prerequisite for survival. The assembled materials, ranging from pots and basins to blankets, oil flasks, and legless dolls, form a miniature cityscape that viewers can navigate around and through.

3 comments:

Val said...

I loved this show! It was oddly moving.

Val said...

I loved this installation. Very moving. And intensely interesting. There is a great permanent collection at the the Tate in London of all the objects they dug up when building the museum....a visual history of the mundane, the objects of life. Wonderful.

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The assembled materials, ranging from pots and basins to blankets, oil flasks, and legless dolls, form a miniature cityscape that viewers can navigate around and through.