I will write about my visit to @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz in my next post.
In the meantime, learn more from the FOR-SITE Foundation and if you’re in Eugene, Oregon on 1/29/15 I invite you to attend my presentation and discussion.
“A small act is worth a million thoughts.” –Ai Weiwei
Art Currently is a series of discussions, a small act, offered by Watershed Arts.
The series kicks off with @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, presented by Vicki Krohn Amorose. Vicki visited the site and will offer photos, video and her own perspective. Alcatraz, the former federal penitentiary in the San Francisco Bay, currently houses a mind-bending, thought-provoking, body-resonating art installation by artist Ai Weiwei. The internationally renowned Chinese artist managed to oversee the installment of his work knowing that he would never be allowed to view it in person. He is unable to travel outside of China due to his outspoken criticism of his government’s human rights violations.
I will tell the story of how @Large came about, a work that creates many firsts, and presents layers of questions about freedom, constraint, communication, political prisoners and our humanity. Thursday Jan 29, 6:30 pm, 321 Mill Street, Suite 6. Free: Reserve your spot. http://www.watershed-arts.org/store/c3/Classes.html
These two quotes from the artist statement will begin the group discussion:
“Freedom for me is not a fixed condition but a constant struggle.”
“Any artist who is not an activist is a dead artist.”
What do you think the artist means when he says this?
Photo by artist Paul Mavrides, who accompanied Vicki on her visit.