Tuesday, May 7, 2013

This is not art Vancouver...

I'm sorry to say Vancouver but this simply won't do. I'm usually a fan of the Offsite outdoor gallery space next to the Shangri-La Hotel downtown, but this collection of rubble is not so pleasing on the eye.

Calm by MadeIn Company, 2013
Calm MadeIn Company installation
You can describe this work by the MadeIn Company as 'in a state of constant flux' or to paraphrase, evoking the endlessly changing cityscapes around the world, but at the end of the day it's just a pile of rubble.
Calm installation MadeIn Company
Vancouver Art Gallery you really should have saved your money, as around the corner there's a real construction site at no cost to you at all.

Nearby construction site on Alberni Street
Alberni Street construction Vancouver
I imagine most people passing by do the same double take that I did upon seeing this debris, it's funny for a moment, but it's not really inspiring or calming for that matter.
Calm MadeIn Company installation Vancouver
With so much building work and destruction everywhere these days, isn't it nicer to look at beautiful and truly compelling art?

Maybe stretching things a little with this description
do not touch artwork sign
I like whimsy as much as the next person and art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder, but for me this installation is a fail of epic proportions compared to the previous outdoor artworks like Hand Vote and Damian Moppett's installation.
Calm installation Vancouver
If the Shanghai-based artist collective had taken the concrete and metal bits and pieces and actually made a sculpture or an interesting shape from the rubble, now that could have been something special.

Ah well, let's hope the next installation is more imaginative than this...


Michael R. Barrick said...

If you had spent ten seconds really looking at if before dismissing it, you might have noticed that it moves.

Jason in Hollywood said...

It does? I was there for several days and it didn't seem to do anything.

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