Cabinet of Curiosity: Finals

Here are the images I have rendered so far. A few are still in the making, but they are finished enough to show you my progressions. All photographs are my own or have been take from my family albums. Enjoy.

AES+F Vs Ryan Trecartin

During our Thursday lectures, we have been looking into the works of the Russian group AES+F. In the most recent lecture we compared them to Ryan Trecartin and his work. Examples of said artwork can be found here: AES+F and Ryan Trecartin.

Both art pieces, to some, can be seen as quite graphic, and, mostly in Trecartin’s work, quite offensive. There are many differences between these groups/people, but also a few similarities, which I shall discuss.

To begin with, one of the main differences between AES+F and Trecartin is that AES+F use euphemisms in their portrayals of stories etc. In their exhibition ‘The Last Riot’, scenes of children murdering adults, we curbed. The animation was built up of three images: (1) raising their hands/weapons, (2) in the process of striking and (3) the moment just before impact. The idea of the action of the kill not being shown, manipulates the audience into anticipating and filling in the blanks themselves. An imagination can sometimes be scarier than showing the event you are implying. Any point that the company would want to get across would have a greater impact, just because of the forced audience participation, than they would if they had showed the full installation as a full film.

Ryan Trecartin, on the other hand, uses a reality show, or confessional styled television shows, to create his final pieces. Nothing is left out, even the camera men at one point are shown on film. Although this doesn’t have the same manipulative effect as AES+F’s pieces, it does have the same level of impact. With everything being shown, it doesn’t leave much up to the imagination. In displaying everything, however, the concepts and messages these films are attempting to re-enact, are stated bluntly. It would be more like ripping a bandage off or tearing off a blindfold. The impact of being blunt, yes, can be offensive, but will also manipulate an audience in wanted to act in relation or retaliation.

As mentioned above, Trecartin’s work showcases everyone and every aspect of making his films. This contrasts with AES+F, who only show their models. AES+F force their images where as Trecartin’s seem more improvised and natural. Trecartin’s may seem a little less like ‘art’ to someone who doesn’t know the true definition, and AES+F’s may seem more posed, and therefore artistic, but both are still ‘art’. The aesthetics may be very different, but they are still art forms in their own right.

As mentioned in a previous blog, artists are defined as people who portray dreams in the physical aspect. Dreams in this case can refer to the embodiment of various things, such as story telling and satirical ideas. One key difference between these sets of artists is that the one is story telling in a modern form and the other is poking fun at the modern form. Trecartin’s work shows the ins and outs of life today and basically makes us lose faith in humanity. AES+F try to retell stories, such as The Feast Of Trimalchio. Granted they both could be classed as story-telling, but they both do it for different purposes, Trecartin does it to tease and poke fun at society, whereas AES+F  do it to just retell a story or to apply it to modern society in order to put a point across.

In conclusion, yes these two sets of artists display their ideas in exceedingly different ways, but they do it through similar means. Pornographic images are displayed to make us, as the audience, think.