Park Avenue Armory

Watch Out: You’re in Ai Weiwei’s Surveillance Zone

Its sheer spectacle inspires brief awe, then you figure it out, and it is reduced to technology, and fun. The fun is especially dense in the large, somewhat lighter areas of the drill hall floor called “clearings,” where the captured images erode more slowly. Visitors hold and repeat deliberate poses — for a kind of Muybridge, stop-motion effect. Or they collaborate, joining hands in rings. Dancers and yoga devotees may especially revel.

– Roberta Smith, The New York Times

Posted on June 8, 2017 — Press Coverage, Hansel & Gretel

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500 Words: Martin Creed

I wanted to do a show that’s looking out at the world instead of in. The Armory’s drill hall is such a huge space, occupying a whole block; its sheer size is one of its most obvious features. It’s scary. I didn’t want to make something big just to fill it, and I didn’t want to create a world inside. I wanted to look out onto the world. Something I’ve been thinking a lot about recently is that art galleries, studios, and houses can be cut off from the world. They are designed to keep things precious and away from dirt and difficulty. I think this produces a great danger: you’re looking away from life and not toward it.

– Laura Hoffman, Art Forum

Posted on June 21, 2016 — , Martin Creed: The Back Door

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