Technically there are only 10 minutes left of day 3, so I’ll keep this short on words and long on pictures. It’s been an exhausting, exhilarating, and fun day with our artists-in-residence, ROLU. They let the public take the reigns on the concept ‘making as thinking’ during Target Free Thursday Night, as visitors made their own versions of artworks in the Walker’s collection, including Alec Soth’s New Orleans, Louisiana, Yoko Ono’s War is Over!, and On Kawara’s Today Series. But first, the guys spent the day hustling to wrap up a few pieces for the outdoor galleries, with a little help from some friends.
ROLU intern, Claudette Gacuti puts the finishing touches on Sherrie Levine’s Yellow Knot Prototype…
…while others roll on the first of what felt like endless coats of orange paint to make a version of Ellsworth Kelly’s Gate.
Sammie took us back to the Arte Povera period, by remaking Michelangelo Pistoletto’s
Quadro da pranzo (Oggetti in meno) (Lunch painting [Minus objects]).
Arte Povera, or “poor art” speaks to the interests of a group of artists in Italy in the 1960s who were attempting to erase the boundaries between art and life through their choice of “poor” everyday materials. Three words come to mind here: labor, love, and lunch. A well-deserved, albeit brief respite for Sammie and Mike.
and an ode to Felix Gonzalez-Torres and his Untitled (Last Light).
The screen is set for a long edition of love and peace.
No gimmicks here, just a straight-up date painting à la On Kawara. A perfect memorial to a beautiful day.
Some things are not what they seem. A close approximation to Alec Soth’s photograph, New Orleans, Louisiana.
After returning to the Walker later in the evening, I found a laughing Claudette glowing on a big screen behind the glass of the Walker.
Wonder what she’s reading? It’s all a little mysterious.
Some learning is left to chance.