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March 2, 2008 3:37 PM   Subscribe

VVork is a blog showcasing contemporary art.
posted by sveskemus (11 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
Nice, although it bothers me how it 'exhibits' each piece of art with a single image, as if the aesthetic content is all that matters. No materials, no statement, etc.

I did find this piece by Xu Zhen, which I thought was a nice Damien Hirst parody (that's not Zhen's normal style, btw). Materials: glass container, meat, formaldehyde, etc.
posted by suedehead at 4:24 PM on March 2, 2008


I like their twitter stream which seems to be bare text descriptions of the images they post--"flash animation with white lines, photo of ocean," "remote control tank crosses borders"--somehow almost better than the site itself.
posted by gac at 4:50 PM on March 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Yeah I wish there was more context... even a single sentence about the work would be good. Anyone know of any blogs that are similar that do this?
posted by bradbane at 4:53 PM on March 2, 2008


Count me as the kind of philistine who cares most about the aesthetic content and finds many artistic statements, um, unrewarding. Anyway most of the pieces have at least a link to the artist's site, if not a page specific to the work being displayed here, too.
posted by twsf at 4:54 PM on March 2, 2008


This is indeed a great resource. I'm surprised it hasn't been posted before. Just a little [via]. You and me sveskemus, just you and me ;-)
posted by tellurian at 5:42 PM on March 2, 2008


It's the philistines that need their hand held with materials lists, artist statements, and all those other tacked on words that allow quick compartmentalization. You actually need to go and see art, in person. It's hardly the alpha and omega of art sites, but at least there's a refreshing lack of steampunk watches, LED based RIAA subversion, engraved ipods, viral advertisement, and vimeos of pulsating spheres that are supposedly very clever.
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 6:18 PM on March 2, 2008


cares most about the aesthetic content

Which of these are aesthetically rewarding? That's the thing with a lot of contemporary art, aestheticism is not always obvious so you need some explanation for it to make sense. Like, a bunch of soup can labels is not aesthetic unless you understand the context and the message, then it seems naturally beautiful, but it took a genius to figure it out and make it so. BTW he could have made pencil boxes just as famous, it didn't have to be soup cans, but now we see soup can labels in the context of art and there is a whole world of meaning behind it.
posted by stbalbach at 6:19 PM on March 2, 2008


Stuff like this is fun to look at. LIKE.
posted by not_on_display at 6:30 PM on March 2, 2008


It's the philistines that need their hand held with materials lists, artist statements, and all those other tacked on words that allow quick compartmentalization.

Guh. I completely, absolutely disagree. Don't you want to know the intention behind the art, at all? If you believe that context is unimportant and that "you actually need to go and see art, in person", you're doing the same; by believing that art is transcendent, your personal connection to the sublime, you're participating in "quick compartmentalization" yourself.
posted by suedehead at 6:46 PM on March 2, 2008


we make money not art (obvious but good for those who may not know)
posted by jcruelty at 10:19 PM on March 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


These sites, VVork and 'We Make Money not Art' and etc are almost best as a reference guide.

The difference between standing in front of an art work vs. seeing it on some site is like the difference between reading a description of someone and then meeting them in person.

Lately, I've been cruising ebay for contemporary art. Suprising what pops up (aside from the catalogues, obvs.)
posted by From Bklyn at 12:33 AM on March 3, 2008


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