Thursday, March 3, 2011

Marc Fischer Lecture Response

I found the dedication and intentions of Marc Fischer and his collaborators stimulating.They work within a small budget and make the most out of each situation. The Half Letter Press is a good demonstration of that. The booklets are made of a folded sheet(s) of paper depending on the funds as he explained. He commented on their intentional means of working with restraints, he would fold and staple the booklets in order to save money. Which lends itself to the DIY movement. I found their support of other artists or "creative works in general" great. Under no discretion, an artists community is continually growing.
Marc Fischer is 1/3's part of a group called Temporary Services. The group explored a project titled Public Sculpture Opinion Poll. He comments public sculpture can cost so much money to make and also upkeep. In this exploration the group strapped clipboards to poles near a site of sculpture and asked the public their opinion. One of these events asked for feedback on a sculpture titled Episodic. It is a continuous form made up of light poles. Apparently Episodic did not have any information accompaning it for some time and the community's response in general was negative. I do not believe the ability of public sculpture should be dismissed. In some cases it may need the intent spelled out to reach a broader audience. However, I realize not everyone is accessible and sometimes artists are making art for other artists. The success in the Public Sculpture Pole I believe is raising questions, for the viewer and the artist. In a sense Temporary Services act as "middle men" in this project. I found it interesting when the group received more thought out opinions when responses were able to be made via email.
I appreciate the sort of community based work and social experimentation Marc Fischer is dealing with. His photographs of particular areas I found fun and appealing. The images are makeshift instances of everyday people. They convey the creative acts that occur on the streets. I think Marc Fischer and his collaborators are in most cases, making a critique of Art that resides in galleries and permanent collections.

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