Art and Fear:You Should Go To Alcatraz…
… and say hello to Ai Weiwei
I generally feel some skepticism when I hear of an exhibit by a famous artist. Maybe there is a pretentious air, an exclusive nature, or some other form of “look at me” being made acceptable through the purchase of a ticket. But I don’t feel this way with Ai Weiwei.
While I might put him on a small pedestal, I don’t think it is an excessive one. It is the same one on which I place other well known political activist, only it is slightly heightened by his title of artist.
Personally, as a young artist I find it difficult to make work. I find it even more difficult to make meaningful work. And I find that the words from the book Art and Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, "artists don’t get down to work until the pain of working is exceeded by the pain on not working”, to be very true.
This is why I love Ai Weiwei. Because even strapped down by the enormous weight of his situation, he makes work. And he makes meaningful work.
This year in Brooklyn, at According to What he showed me many things, and then gave me their memory by letting me lean over an exhibit and smell one ton of tea. He let me experience a small version of his world.
On view are seven separate projects; With Wind, Trace, Refraction, Stay Tuned, Illumination, Blossom, Yours Truly.
So, in other words… Go visit Ai in Alcatraz, and see what he has to say.
@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz is open now until April 26, 2015. Click HERE for more info.