The Year in Preview: Visual Art - Artists to Watch out for - in the Streets
McLaren, Duncan, The Independent (London, England)
Mona Hatoum and Louise Bourgeois are showing at Tate Britain and Tate Modern this year, and the publicity for both shows will be enormous. Other artists, also at fascinating stages in their development, are unlikely to get such large-scale opportunities to show work. But the following selection are likely to be showing from time to time, here and there, over the year.
There's a page in Art Monthly detailing artists from Britain showing abroad. Last year Jason Coburn subverted it, getting himself listed in connection with bogus shows, until one month his work could apparently be seen in Innsbruck, Tokyo, Zurich, Saint-Louis and Rotterdam. I remember thinking "He's doing well for himself," and many artists may have enviously thought the same. But once the penny drops, the work mocks aspirations towards any sort of global conquest.
A recent gallery piece I saw of his was of black vertical lines - like a giant barcode - above a bed. Upon lying on the bed and looking up, the lines read as words, and the moment of revelation this time was a most uncomfortable one. "How will you die?" it said. Whatever he does this year is likely to stimulate and surprise.
Matthew Thompson buys jigsaws made by the company Philmar (now defunct) from second-hand shops. He has just produced a brochure of these puzzles, each illustrated by its battered boxlid, and has begun to show the completed jigsaws - mounted and framed - in galleries. Who is chiefly responsible for the landscape depicted? The photographer that thought the scene picturesque, the jigsaw company that selected the image, the person who lost a piece or pieces of the puzzle in the making, the relative of the artist who assembled the puzzle for the last time, or the artist …
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