In·ter·punct shares book reviews, art news, lit theory and daily musings from the intimate lives of writers. It seeks to highlight, in an edgy and sprightly fashion, the poetic moments that punctuate our lives.
SCOPE Art Show. 801 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL
Slow-Moving Luminaries by Lars Jan. at Collins Park
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My coworker Jessica Rohl and I were lucky enough to see Lars Jan have an invigorating and necessary conversation about climate change and the effects, both positive and negative, cam have on the planet with fellow artist Isaac Julien and Financial Times Editor John Paul Rathbone two days prior. We were very excited to see this piece in person. We were again lucky enough to find the artist himself standing at the very top of this enormous platform piece.
Lars was incredibly gracious, open and kind. He was also knowledgeable, eloquent and passionate, all things I truly appreciate in people, but especially in artists, as some tend to be pretentious because of how many people look to them for inspiration. He explained the piece to me and the meanings behind the flag with circles and squares on them.
The circles and squares on the flags behind the structure are meant to be an ohmage to Zen Buddhists thought of enlightenment and confusion / they are also the Maritime recognized distress signals.
Underneath the structure, on the first floor, there was a beautiful jungle scene. As we moved through the gray labyrinth, the white representations of the hotels all around the oceanfront where the exhibit was held were moving up and down on metal lifts.
Jan explained that the jungle and sea will overtake the buildings and us someday, if we continue to do a minimal amount of work to detract the effects of global warming. He wanted to express this in a way that would raise the consciousness of this issue in a big way. An S.O.S. can be seen from an aerial view. This was a great piece of art, something Jan really put a lot of time, effort and thought into. I expect for his work to be impeccable for many years to come.
SCOPE Art Fair at Miami Beach, FL.
Contemporary takes art to a whole notha level. This show shocked, awed and inspired me. It was everything rebellious, wild and fantastical that one could hope to find. There were Swarovski crystals making up an infinity symbol, there were large 3D scenes made entirely out of denim, there was a silicone naked girl called “Secret Shame,” and a wall of beautifully designed donuts. This show was everything I’ve ever wanted out of art.
This type of art is not the kind that makes you feel things. It is the kind that makes you wish you had thought of it and makes you want it in your living room. (If you have tens of thousands to drop on art).
The artists are just having so much fun with this thing we get called life. The way they view the world makes you want to think differently, act more boldly, speak with more fun and seriousness, all at the same time. It shows us what we can be and reminds us to keep it weird!
This iconic Campbell Soup image is made entirely out of tiny rubber bands. Only at Art Basel.
In·ter·punct shares interviews, expositions, poems and daily musings from the intimate lives of writers. Like the interpunct, which is a middot used to separate syllables, this blog seeks to highlight, in an edgy and sprightly fashion, the poetic moments that punctuate our lives.