The idea behind the artwork: “Prototypology” at Gagosian Gallery
Every artist starts from prototypes. Gagosian gallery (Rome) turns its space into a huge artist studio, displaying and exploring the process and research behind the production of a work of art.
Every artist starts from prototypes. Gagosian gallery (Rome) turns its space into a huge artist studio, displaying and exploring the process and research behind the production of a work of art. This is what the exhibition “Prototypology – an Index of Process and Mutation” – on display until March 5, 2016 – is about.
Within the contemporary art world, we hear and speak much about the so called “artistic process,” without never really seeing nor experiencing it. Prototypology is a chance for art amateurs to see the irony, the ideas, and the actual dynamics behind the realization of a work of art. The concept is thrilling and the artists are numerous. It is a precious moment for the viewer, who dives into the mind of the artist, into the “liminal zone for sourcing, modifying, and testing.”
At Gagosian gallery, high-caliber artists like Michael Heizer, Takashi Murakami, Dan Graham, Claes Oldenburg, Rachel Whiteread appear as performers of “monumental, civic, everyday, and otherworldly gestures … in a range of preparatory drawings and proposals” (press release). In “Prototypology,” the viewer enjoys the playground of the artist’s mind, and the whole white cube becomes the brain of the artist.
Starting with the quasi-mimetical process enacted by Therrien, we proceed to see the dynamism of Oehlen‘s Untitled, which discusses the mental act of projection and vision. In the huge oval room, a plethora of artworks is displayed, including a video documenting Oldemburg‘s reflections on the shape of an ice bag.
The work Untitled (Work in Progress) by Alexandra Domanović can fairly sum up the meaning of the exhibition, which is but a pseudo-scientific investigation upon the irrational fetus of the soon-to-be-born work of art.
Prototypology – An Index of Process and Mutation
(January 14 – March 5, 2016)
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