by Michael Szpakowski | Furtherfield Community Blog
"Recently I was approached to conceive and run an outreach
project to accompany a solo show of work by Eduardo Kac at
Furtherfield Gallery in North London’s Finsbury Park.
Among the works on show was one of Kac’s Lagoogleglyphs,
large scale stylised representations of rabbits (something of a
signature obsession for him) painted in some sort of sportsground
emulsion directly onto a section of the park and allegedly of a
scale which make it harvestable by the satellites Google rents for
its various mapping activities.
Being completely frank, I have to say I entertained a degree
of scepticism about Kac’s work—some of it falling within, in my
view, one or both of two entertainment based metaphors—the
‘one-liner’ and the ‘theme park’—neither particularly positive
elements of my critical lexicon.
Be that as it may, some of the work, particularly the less
grandiose pieces (that delicate bunny flag flapping above the
gallery!) were touched enough with real poetry to make me want to
take up the challenge.
I say ‘challenge’ advisedly for I’m only ever interested in
doing anything which in some sense challenges me and I also felt
that my ambivalence about Kac would result in anything I ended up
making containing a return element of ‘challenge’ or, perhaps more
gently put, practical critique.
The word challenge also described the sense I had of wanting
to counterpose collaboration, the collective, the everyday, to the
artist with a capital ‘A’; of going some way to claiming art as a
way of seeing and feeling and thinking together for All ( also with
a capital ‘A’)."
Read more, and see the GPS Rabbit drawings that Michael made with
park visitors here https://www.furtherfield.org/rabbiting-on/
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