Elastic Tree, 2007


 

String, Elastic, Nails, Photocopy 350 cm x  300 cm x 250 cm, Installation
view Café Gallery Projects, London

For this installation, a computer model of a tree was created from photographs, and a crystal-like figure was traced between the points of the tree's pollarded branches. The figure was then constructed three-dimensionally using string and elastic. The writing on the background is a large photocopy of a text commenting on the relation of art and research. It reads:

ART AND ARTISTIC RESEARCH ARE NOT IDENTICAL. THEY SHARE THE SAME MEANS BUT NOT THE SAME GOALS. – THE VALIDITY OF ARTISTIC RESEARCH DOES NOT DEPEND ON THE PRODUCTION OF SUCCESSFUL ART OBJECTS. IT MIGHT PRODUCE SUCCESSFUL ART OBJECTS, BUT THEN AGAIN, IT MIGHT NOT. – THE ART MARKET IS NO RECIPIENT FOR ARTISTIC RESEARCH. – ART IS CENTERED ON THE BEAUTIFUL OBJECT, EVEN IF THE OBJECT HAS VANISHED INTO CONCEPTS, PERFORMANCE, OR DISTRIBUTIONS. – IN THE PAST, ARTISTIC RESEARCH HAD TO DISGUISE ITSELF AS ART, BECAUSE THERE WAS NO OTHER REGISTER IN SOCIETY. – ART IS A WEAK SOLUTION TO THE QUESTION OF RESEARCH. – A NEGATIVE OUTCOME IS ACCEPTABLE. – IF THERE IS FAILURE, IT LIES IN THE WRONG COMMITMENT TO THE PROCESS OF RESEARCH. – AN ARTISTIC RESEARCHER HAS TO TRUST HIS PROCESS MORE THAN HIS RESULT. – A TRULY PROCEDURAL ART DOES NOT EXIST. – ARTISTIC RESEARCH SHOULD NOT BE JUDGED BY ARTISTS AND THEIR LIKE. – ARTISTIC RESEARCH OFFERS THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM THAT IS ART. – ARTISTIC RESEARCH IS ALL THAT ART IS MINUS ART’S DEPENDANCY ON PRODUCTION. – ARTWORKS AND EXHIBITIONS HAVE TO BE JUDGED BY THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO RESEARCH AND NOT BY THEIR ABILITY TO PLEASE OR BE SOLD. – THE ARTIST IS TOO SMALL A PERSON TO BE OF USE, VALUE, OR INTEREST.