Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Joseph Kosuth, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, they all rejected traditional art genres. What’s minimalism, conceptualism or land art? To be fair,me as a viewer at Mumok exhibiton I had no clue. Walking around the space, wondering what is it, what it’s about, reading about it, did not makes sense. The Poetry of reduction is full of art which attempt to avoid metaphorical associations, symbolism, and suggestions of spiritual transcendence, characterized by unitary, geometric forms and industrial materials. The reduction of forms allows the subjective act of perceiving them to be experienced as a tensile relationship between the work, the room and one’s own physicality.
As Donald Judd himself remarked, the complexity of the work is heightened precisely because of the simplicity of means.
The Poetry of reduction took place at 2 floors parallel to Dan Flavin’s exhibition at Mumok. Minimalistic space with minimal artwork. What a combination. Huge white space let speak works individually, the works were evenly put on walls and on the floor. Your eyes were fully entertained ,every corner had something to represent. No work relates to other, but still they worked beautifully together. The space illuminated with range of styles, materials and artists which are representation of neo-avant-garde art movement from the 1960s and 1970s.
Your attention wasnt gained only by scupltures, but also by videos,paintings,instalations,photographs,performances and many more.
Walking in an Exaggerated Manner Around the Perimeter of a Square
Tony sinking into the floor made by Bruce Nauman in 1973 is really got example how the title or text can affect your thinking before and after reading a text. the title is outstanding itself but not obvious and that’s what we as a group should concentrate on for title of our exhibition.
Photographs above are negatives projected on wall,black wall in black cube using a slide projector. I had a feeling of cinema, there were chairs like in cinema’s you can sit on. the only thing missing was popcorn. As a group we should think about how to pamper our audience , think about using of chairs,benches, what kind of refreshments we going to use… and so on.