Andrea Zittel creates a brilliant space to observe and enjoy geometrical forms coexisting and talking with the materials
There’s a dark way, an unexplored track to finally get an art object. The artist can be looking for it for decades without success but, if the artist is a real artist, he won’t leave this aim and it will continue pursuing it for years or, even, for his own life. It doesn’t matter the material of the dreams and it doesn’t matter the cultural lines the artist have employed to compose his works… this ‘unconscious thing’, this leitmotif of deaf sounds will be there and, the artist can know it or not, it will be the silent muse for his works.
Andrea Zittel, judging by her own words, is looking for something too and the new exhibition at Andrea Rosen Gallery is a part of this way that began in 1990: “On one hand we want to fill our lives with beautiful and well designed objects that we can intimately engage with in the act of day to day living, and on the other hand we yearn for objects that are charged with the authority of art history and/or ideological content”. What are we looking for then? The exhibition is a great American reflection about the origin and an Universal walking to understand these times, the constant dialogue between the form and the theme, the utility and the concept that created or inspired the work.
The works of Andrea Zittel invite the spectator to begin a dialogue not only with the artist but with the own material of the works and with the functionality of those materials, retaking the old discussion of the beginning of the 20th century between a new type of constructivism that had to redesign itself to transform into abstract.
“Between the years of 1994 to 1998 I experimented with ways of making garments solely out of rectangles of fabric – based on a Russian Constructivist dictate to not adulterate the “true nature” of the fabric, which is woven in long continuous rectangles. In the case of this newest series of uniforms, I have returned to the this format with panels woven directly to the dimensions of the body, so there is no waste or fabric left unused”.
When Andrea Zittel talks about this constructivism –never forget the close relationship between the movement and its social component- I think about the reflection that every artwork has with the concept of time. We can read the time as continuous or static or even a coexistence of both, but this reference makes me think that the dialogue and mix among artist, materials, forms, theme, criticism and spectators configures dynamically the essence of an artwork… and the works of Andrea Zittel are a special and brilliant parade of forms that interrogates us knocking at the marvelous door of the essence of arts, criticism and material.
“We have a fascination with artisanal art objects usurped from other cultures, because they bridge these two desires and can be imbued with a sense of meaning or cultural relevance that is parallel to that which is imparted onto fine arts”.
Andrea Zittel configures in the Andrea Rosen Gallery a brilliant space to observe and enjoy geometrical forms coexisting and talking with the materials, creating an exciting vision of reflections, purity and, finally, true art.
Andrea Rosen Gallery: http://www.andrearosengallery.com
Andrea Zittel: http://www.zittel.org
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