Friday, June 27, 2008

Squanto - "A Shrine To Nothing"

I'm looking through the 60 or so pictures that I took of Squanto's "Shrine To Nothing," and having a hard time finding a photograph that does the piece/collection/shrine justice.


The problem is in the nature of the things presentation: about a dozen of the several hundred items which make up Squanto's shrine are for sale (the three framed pictures in the photo above).

The other items range from found objects; magazine and newspaper cutouts (I consider these separate from found objects, in the same way that a small photograph cropped from an original photograph is an entirely different type of work [insert Walter Benjamin babble as needed here]); and found objects or cutouts which have been altered with Squanto's writing, paint, or glitter. Squanto points out that the items' placement choices are a mix of inspiration and deliberation - a clash of two very contrary artistic philosophies, each of which has historically tended to insist that the other does not/should not exist.


This makes the piece a bit hard to take in (but a lot of fun to attempt).

A side note: I just realized that there were a lot of xylophones in the shrine, and thought "what do xylophones and Native Americans have in common? (Actually, the word I used in my head was "Indians"). Then I started thinking about those bone shirts that some Native Americans were supposed to wear. If you think about it, those look a lot like xylophones, right?

So Squanto's piece(s) are a pretty awesome. And she's just one of the artists presented in MINT Gallery's Employee Picks show, which includes: Grace Bellury, Christina Bowman, Dane, Stephanie Dowda & John Paul Floyd (Click Clique), Kathryn Forrester, Ben Goldman, Gutterpop, Matthew Manning, Joy Phrasavath, Caroline Powers, Scott Raffield, Brian Westberry and Mack Williams.

With all those artists together, the show's pretty fantastic - the second really inspiring MINT gallery show I've seen in just two months.

9 comments:

mike said...

A few more pictures of Squanto's "Shrine to Nothing" on my blog:
http://thoughtmarker.blogspot.com/2008/06/squanto-at-mints-employee-picks.html
And then some more at MINT's flickr:
http://flickr.com/search/?q=squanto&w=13652362%40N00

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