Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Smoothing Out Striations: The Art of Cyprien Gaillard

Tonight I'll be making a presentation on the work young French conceptual artist Cyprien Gaillard, whose practice includes video, performance, sculpture, photography and land art. I'll mainly be discussing his video art, which is what he's best known for, and its relationship to architecture, and how his work activates many concepts we've discussed throughout the semester, particularly pertaining to Deleuze and Guattari's concepts of the smooth and the striated.

You can read a recent essay by Gaillard in ArtForum, wherein he discusses his interest in modern ruins, and watch the following video, Pruitt-Igoe Falls (2009), his second-most famous work to date (I'll be discussing his best-known as well, which only exists online in impoverished snippets, but you may have seen at the New Museum last year in The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, and is discussed at great length here). I will also show it in class this evening. See you then.

-Ben Sutton

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