15 MAY 2009, AT 6 PM
BLANCA DE LA TORRE GARCIA
SOME POLITICS OF APPROPRIATION
The term appropriation art came into common use in the 1980s with artists such as Sherrie Levine, who addressed the act of appropriating itself as a theme in art. Challenging ideas of originality, drawing attention to relations between power, gender and creativity, the social sources and uses of art, Levine plays with the theme of “almost same”. Aspects of appropriation appear in all areas of visual art history if one considers the basic act of making art as the borrowing of images or concepts from the surrounding world and re-interpreting them as art.
Together, these videos restate the history of art on an original point of view, miming moving image and enigmatic art history stereotypes with a strange blend of camp and genuine feeling. In creating such compilation, I try to pay homage to classics of Art History while at the same time asserting that there is some threadline that has been continued along history, and not necessary a breaking point, a before and an after marked by the born of Video Art.
Therefore, the margins, the sites, the question of concept versus the whole panorama or the medium of video have to be reevaluated and brought into a different kind of discourse.