This is a bizarre portrait of the everyday leisure activities of a lakeside community in the Czech Republic. Evzen Sobek’s works are in numerous collections, among them the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The series “Life in Blue” was shown at Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, and Dumbo Gallery, New York, in 2011.
Wanderlust highlights artists as voyagers who leave their studios to make art. This book (and the exhibition it accompanies) is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s need to roam and the work that emerges from this need. Wanderlust presents the work of under-recognized yet pioneering artists alongside their well-known counterparts, and represents works that vary in process, with some artists working as solitary figures implanting themselves physically on the landscape while others perform and create movements in a collaborative manner or in public.
Many of the earlier works use what were at the time nontraditional methods of art making. In Trail Markers (1969), for example, Nancy Holt spent time in the English countryside, where she documented the painted orange trail markers she found dotting the landscape. Vito Acconci explored his body’s “occupancy” of public space through the execution of preconceived actions or activities. In Following Piece (1969), Acconci followed one randomly chosen stranger through the streets of New York. A Line Made by Walking (1967), a black-and-white photograph of Richard Long’s imprint of a straight line in a field, was Long’s first walking art work, made on a journey to St Martin’s from his home in Bristol. Ana Mendieta’s influential Silueta Works in Mexico (1977) documents performances by the artist during her travel between Iowa and Mexico, in which she imprints her body on the landscape while addressing issues of displacement.
Each of these works recognizes the walk and the journey as much more than just a basic human act. Rebecca Solnit observes that walking replicates thinking, adding “the motions of the mind cannot be traced, but those of the feet can.” These works trace the motions of wandering artists’ focused minds.
Artists include Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Ader, Nevin Aladag, Francis Alÿs, Janine Antoni, John Baldessari, Kim Beck, Roberley Bell, Blue Republic, Sophie Calle, Rosemarie Castoro, Cardiff/Miller, Zoe Crosher, Fallen Fruit, Mona Hatoum, Nancy Holt, Kenneth Josephson, William Lamson, Richard Long, Marie Lorenz, Mary Mattingly, Anthony McCall, Ana Mendieta, Teresa Murak, Wangechi Mutu, Efrat Natan, Gabriel Orozco, Carmen Papalia, John Pfahl, Pope.L, Teri Rueb, Michael X. Ryan, Todd Shalom, Mary Ellen Strom, and Guido van der Werve.
Contributors Rachel Adams, Lucy Ainsworth, Andrew Barron, Pamela Campanaro, Andy Campbell, Hannah Cattarin, Ian Cofre, Jamie DiSarno, Katherine Finerty, Joshua Fischer, Natalie Fleming, Melanie Flood, Jason Foumberg, Allison Glenn, Kate Green, Ross Stanton Jordan, Anna Kaplan, Jamilee Lacy, Jennie Lamensdorf, Toby Lawrence, Jane McFadden, Lynnette Miranda, Conor Moynihan, Liz Munsell, Karen Patterson, Ariel Lauren Pittman, Sean Ripple, Eve Schillo, Holly Shen, Rebecca Solnit, Lexi Lee Sullivan, Whitney Tassie, Charlie Tatum, Zoë Taleporos, Lori Waxman
Takes: Brent Hayes Edwards – Crossroads Republic Akin Adesokan – The Amazing Career of Passport B957848 Olu Oguibe – Remembering Biafra Odia Ofeimun – In Defence of the Films We Have Made Akinbode Akinbiyi – Depth of Field Ike Okonta – What the Hanged Man Said Achal Prabhala – Third-Class City Ishtiyaq Shukri – Palestine Journey Conversation: The Last Interview: Fela Anikulapo-Kuti with Keziah Jones – “When You Kill Us, We Rule!” Third Mainland Bridge: Stories from Lagos Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Lagos, Lagos Efe Okogu – The Birth of the Blue Sefi Atta – The Last Trip Jumoke Verissimo – A Drive A Letter from Laura Bush Poems: Tanure Ojaide – When We Hear the Name of President Pius Adesanmi – Message from Aso Rock to a Poet in Exile Simdul Shagaya – Amalgamation Revisited Khulile Nxumalo – the tsietsi i made looks down Photography: Depth of Field (Uchechukwu James Iroh, Emeka Okerere, Amaize Ojeikere) Nkrumah’s Independence Day (Marion Kaplan) Meeting Ali (Oscar Memba Freitas) Fela at Kalakuta (Michel Maiofiss) Billie Holiday (Hugh Bell) Art: Fela: Amen, Amen, Amen (Barkley Hendricks) Turbo Charger The Feature of Law Enforcement Dogs of Hell (all Abu Bakarr Mansaray) Cover art sampled and assembled by Rucera Seethal @ the Chimurenga Lab.
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