By Michael Snow
Writing, for Michael Snow, is as a lot a sort of “art-making” because the wide variety of visible artwork actions for which he's well known, together with the “Walking lady” sequence and the movie Wavelength. Conversely, the various texts incorporated during this anthology are as major visually as they're on the point of content material — they're intended to be checked out in addition to learn. located someplace among a repository of latest proposal via one among our major Canadian artists and a heritage e-book because it brings to gentle a few very important moments within the cultural lifetime of Canada because the Nineteen Fifties, those texts inform their very own tale, marking the passage of time, rules and attitudes.
The works incorporated the following, starting from essays and interviews and list album hide notes to filmscripts and speeches (which, in Snow’s arms, usually fall into the class of functionality art), aren't basically “built for browsing,” they give insights into either the pro and the personal Snow. jointly, they extend the context of Snow’s paintings and express the evolution of an excellent Canadian artist, starting along with his early makes an attempt at defining artwork, to his emergence and popularity at the overseas paintings scene.
This e-book is one in all 4 books which are a part of the Michael Snow undertaking. Initiated by way of the artwork Gallery of Ontario and the facility Plant Gallery, the venture additionally comprises 4 exhibitions of his visible artwork and track.
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Now I think this letter is just as dumb. It's all in the work. Writing, talking: some other things. Yrs Michael Snow Abitibi m9 This text first appeared in the catalogue prepared by Anita Aarons for the exhibition Art for Architecture - The Wall, organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario in 1969. " In 1965 thinking above thoughts and a few others I made Morningside Heights - a free-standing equal sided plane. " Idea of free-standing planes being the result of equal, opposed pressures, producing stasis, 2 dimensionality verging on an interesting impossibility: 1 dimension, explored in recent "squeeze" pieces, especially Abitibi.
Besides, some swimmers swim because it feels good. Swimmers are still breaking records. Crafts can be thought of as a physical pleasure, and industrial methods as just getting there fast. I think it's a mistake to make an absolute of the idea that the new dooms and replaces the old. Sometimes it just clarifies characteristics and the family gets bigger - more and more books. Art forms have been abandoned; whether they became obsolete is another question. Predictions, for example, that still photography would do away with painting or that cinema would kill the theatre have proved to be naive.
Food could be fed this way but it wouldn't be as nutritious. Could be as tasty, though. Is this the triumph of "style" over "content"? I hate to bring that up. Perhaps because there's too much "content" in it. I don't mean that I'm not serious but that in some peculiar way I am maybe a little b i t . . materialistic. Still, it's as interesting to try to make arrangements of content as of form. Of course both happen anyway, but I'm talking about the process of making something of a (probably) artistic (aesthetic) nature.