Monday, October 18, 2010
Vito Acconci, Following Piece, 1969
Sophie Calle, The Shadow, 1981: "In April 1981, at my request, my mother went to a detetctive agency. She hired them to follow me, to report my daily activities, and to provide photographic evidence of my existence."
Jeff Wall, The Destroyed Room, 1978
Henry Darger, from The Story of the Vivian Girls
Roni Horn, Dead Owl, 1998
Giuseppe Penone working on an Atlas Cedar, 1999
Shana Lutker, Dream Book, 2003-2004
Las Meninas, by Michel Foucault (Required reading)
Also, a profile of Baldessari by Calvin Tompkins was published in the New Yorker last week in anticipation of the opening of Pure Beauty at the Met October 20.
Last week we talked about the role of narrative in art history and about various narrative strategies. The images above include works that are based around blurring the boundaries between fiction and reality in storytelling. Many of the two-dimensional works include more than one panel or page, in order to directly address the perception of a linear passage of time, something that is often fundamental in narratives. Some are more performative and are experienced by the viewer either as an image with text, as a text alone, or as a sculpture.
Do you think that it's possible to tell a story using a single image or object?
Also, can you think of any examples of current non-filmic work that employs narrative?