lookin good buuudddyyyy
“intervention 2/20/08” by william lamson
Bjorn Melhus is a media artist from Germany whose work centered on the issues brought on by mass media. With a background of Film and Video from Braunschweig School of Arts, he considered himself a film and video maker rather than a fine artist. Born in1966, a time when televisions have already entered most households, Melhus grew up watching American films and series which he now looks back at with fascination and contempt. In his works, Melhus was concerned with the relationship between the viewer and mass media and how mass media manipulates our emotions. It was common among many artists who were a part of the first TV generation to investigate the negative and controlling effects that televisions possessed. In most of his works he used recorded sounds from mass media and put it together, creating a rhythmic audio and juxtaposed it with surrealistic visuals. Melhus was known in his works to take on different personas to play out the roles in his videos. Repetition was used constantly throughout his works to be fully deconstructed and analyzed by the viewers. Certain cuts, arrangements, movements, color, etc were a critical part of the work and were all chosen purposefully by the artist. By utilizing precision editing and thinking critically of the message in the video, he was able to produce artistic and poetic-like works that provided a critical view on mass media and television culture.
Mladen Stilinovic, An Artist Who Cannot Speak English Is No Artist, flag, 1992
“Was it possible that this filth would continue to flow and with its pestilence swamp this old world in which nothing now grew save seeds of inequity and harvests of shame.”
Wait, Sit, Converse, 2009
by Vanessa Billy.
‘Journey To A Lower World’, 2004 by Marcus Coates.
Much of Coates’ work is imbued with a strong sense of the pre-historical, evoking a time when the human-animal symbiotic was far more balanced. In Journey to the Lower World (2004), tribal drumming accompanies the artist’s shamanistic performance. Having gathered a group of residents from a condemned tower block in Liverpool he attempts to summon a solution to their plight of being involuntarily re-housed. Dressed in a deerskin complete with head and antlers, he stumbles around in a trance-like state, barking, while this small audience watch with varying degrees of scepticism, amusement and fright. Within the confines of a room in one of the flats he moves awkwardly rubbing his antlers along the doorframe as his noises become louder and his movements more intense. He sits down and drinks some water which he lets fall from his mouth and spits onto the floor. Returning from this other world he recounts the details of his imaginary journey and explains what his encounters with animals along the way signify for the group. It is not clear whether the residents are convinced as he politely shakes their hands at the end. One cannot help feeling some discomfort at the contrast between the harsh reality facing the tenants and the art performance as a means of salvation.
Click on the image and vote for me on Saatchi!!