"When Art (or In What Regard)" is a collaborative project initated by artist Jeanette Doyle. The project is part of FLOAT curated by Sara Reisman, a biannual exhibition organized by Socrates Sculpture Park (in Long Island City, New York) in August, during which time the Park facilitates artistic projects that reflect the mediums with which sculpture overlaps: video, installation, performance, and other ephemeral and time-based practices that have a growing impact on sculptural and contemporary art practice in general.
Staged in 2003 and 2005, FLOAT has focused on site-specific social sculpture, relational and locational aesthetics, and participatory performances. For information about FLOAT, you can refer to Socrates http://socratessculpturepark.org/Special_Events/float/Float05.htm
This year, the exhibition has a loose theme dealing with the aesthetics of nostalgia for a future past. Referencing Fredric Jameson's "Archaeologies of The Future," the show has taken cues from artists who are dealing with questions surrounding time and longing for possibilities of a future that may be linked to ideologies of the past.
When Art (or In What Regard) will also circulate as a newsprint publication with contributions from up to 15 artists, curators, critics, and others that touch on the question of "When Art (or In What Regard)" which will include images and short texts that the contributors think capture the timeliness of art. This project does not intend to revisit 'What is Art', but seeks to weave together a dialogue about the status of an artwork in relation to time and its reception.
Jeanette Doyle developed the phrase 'When Art (or In What Regard)' following conversations with Sara Reisman, Marcia E. Vetrocq and Paddy Johnson. Her initial consideration of this topic was based on an email conversation with the artist, writer and curator Dave Beech where Doyle suggested considering 'When is Art' as a way to think freshly about the 'What is Art' problem.
So the conversation about "When Art" began with the question of an artwork's legitimacy in relation to when it is received by a viewer (hence the subtitle "In What Regard"), and what happens when a work is not seen. Does its value as an artwork diminish? Other areas in relation to "When" may be teased out through considering an artwork's fluctuating value within the art market and how a time-based work might only be considered an artwork after it takes place, through documentation and historicization.
Jeanette Doyle and Sara Reisman requested the participation of Soledad Arias, Nathalie Angles, Kóan Jeff Baysa, Dan Cameron, Jinkee Choi, Eva Diaz, Aniko Erdosi, Freee, Georgina Jackson, Paddy Johnson, Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt, Paul O'Neill, Sarah Pierce, Aisling Prior, Sebastian Romo, Mick Wilson, Raul Zamudio having been individually or collectively inspired by their work in the realm of artmaking and/or criticism. The initial contribution takes the form of an image or short text for this blog and also the newsprint publication which is to be distributed at Socrates Sculpture Park during the month of August 2007.
The Park is open everyday from 10am to sunset and attracts a unique combination of local Queens residents with arts enthusiasts, tourists, and artists involved in projects at the Park.
FLOAT 2007 opens on August 11.