Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Are you looking at me?


"There's a lot of paranoia in the arts."

Ronnie van Hout, interviewed by Kathryn Ryan last week on Radio New Zealand: audio available here for a limited time. (Absolutely one of the best interviews with an artist I've heard all year.)


Image: Ronnie van Hout, detail from 'I'm Not Here' installation 1999 including Taranaki 1992. Fibreglass, camera, monitor and framed colour photograph. Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Image from Auckland Art Gallery.

2 comments:

Pareidoliac said...

Oh yeah there is a lot of paranoia in the art world... This one reminds me of Nam June Paik's rather famous buddha.

http://www.scu.edu.au/schools/edu/ICT/student_pages/sem2_2004/gcrawford/paik.html

Cheryl Bernstein said...

Interesting reference Pareidoliac, thanks.

I think that any social system like the artworld where advancement is predicated as much by status as by merit (however you'd define that) automatically engenders anxiety in its participants. I guess it comes down though to whether the anxiety is justified and based on experience, or unwarranted and delusional. Might be a bit of both pocketed here and there in the artworld.