Friday, August 28, 2009

Tauba Auerbach


Another text/pattern artist that is breaking on the scene is Tauba Auerbach. I see a lot of Christopher Wool here as well as the skill of an old style sign painter. I am excited to find more text artist that also employ pattern. Often times I see artists that use both ideas separated in individual works and not as an integrated idea into one image. Auerbach is playing with language, but I don't think the work is pushing past other artists at this point, but I can see how the work could spawn into something interesting or remain stagnate through this well worn style of text and pattern tropes. Only time will tell where Auerbach goes with this work.

7 comments:

Troy Camplin said...

Right now, it's very been-there, done-that, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

He's done nothing a handful of horrendously bad poets haven't already done.

Avert Farm said...

i think it's great that you're showcasing the art of tauba auerbach. she, yes she is a she and not a he as the above commenter so rudely assumed, has created numerous works using text, and word diagrams, but this work is pretty much a former body of work. if one were to follow the link to her website, that you posted, she has images of where this has in fact gone. she's working with abstract concepts of language, static waves, 50/50 black/white patterns, and is (unfortunately in my mind) leaving the text behind.

if you're interested in more, and have the chance to see it in person, she has a show opening soon in new york. here's a link for the information on that.

deitch gallery

unlike the above commenter, i'm a fan of her works.

Todd Camplin said...

Avert Farm; I really like the pattern work. I knew she was having a show, but I didn't know where, so thanks. And Troy I think Avert Farm thinks you're bourgeois. I know, I have seen it before too, but think about those Impressionists doing the same thing, with their own little spin on a theme. I see Auerbach to this as well. Playing and shaping things in slightly different ways than other artists. Not all art has to be completely new an innovative. Art can be a variation of the theme which shows continuity to other artists. After all, the big complaint against Post Modern thinking is this need for blazing trails so far from the excepted work that the artist’s work get unreadable to anyone. Just because we have seen it done before don’t mean the work isn’t valued.

Avert Farm said...

todd; your mentioning of impressionists and auerbach reminded me of a piece she created for a group show in europe. i really enjoy her psychological connections. taking the ordinary and extending it to create minimal works of art. i'm also attracted to her works because she hand paints them. precision, and creativity.

here's the painting i'm speaking of.

Troy Camplin said...

Way to make a big deal out of a typo. But, in the end, gender is irrelevant to me. Boring, unimaginative work is boring, unimaginative work, regardless of the gender of the person boring me.

Oh,

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How very clever. How very Marxist. How very bourgeoise in her Marxism. zzzzzzzzzzzzz Resentment (which is all a work like this is) does not make for good art. Worse, the pun only works by using two languages, so it's not even all that clever.

I certainly understand doing variations on a theme, nudging an idea here and there . . . but come on, this isn't even trying.

And you know this isn't me not appreciating text work, etc. You know I do. But this is text art from 20 years ago or more. Show me that you can do something other than copy what is already out there. I don't see it in this work.

Todd Camplin said...

I don't see how Auerbach is a Marxist or being Marxist? I would say she is more related to Wittgenstein or maybe Heidegger.

Troy Camplin said...

You don't see it with the

Monet
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work? Really?