Emotions between ancient and contemporary at The Bass
Our art team continued an exciting trek through Miami Art Week at The Bass. We were immediately drawn to Six-channel video production, sound, blue filters of Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone.
‘ Flashes of imagery flow on mounted screens, hitting the viewer with a cinematic montage that hits us with a palpable sense of kinetic power: a man near a car, gradually disappearing in a heavy fog. A woman in a negligé, twisting slowly in what appears a deep emotional state. Pleasure. Grief. We don’t know. It doesn’t matter. Rondinone reconnects us to the sensory perception of a child. To see the everyday, we must clear our minds. Our mental tabula rasa can focus and appreciate our lived moments more fully. The moments of mindfulness when we are most human.
‘ We come to the Argentine artist Mika Rottenberg. Her art immediately attacks our sense of complacency. Our comfort with a world of precurated social media, streaming video and commercial imagery. The piece Ponytail (blond), 2016 is a ponytail sticking out from a hole in the wall—twitching and swishing. But it’s not there to entertain. Perhaps the very absurdity of watching this dancing bit of hair is a statement, a critique of how society has commodified the female identity and the female form.
‘ Her video installation, shows images of Chinese women working in factories. We live in a mechanized world that subsumes human identity. The workers seem indifferent to their fate of endless tasks and points to their existential existence in a world where humans are used as labor machines.
‘ We view the other Rottenberg video installation through a peep hole in the wall. A kaleidoscope of images and rich colors. Lips and buttocks that spout white liquids and smoke, while their mirror images meet then merge in a constant revolving flow of the imagetic that is absurd.
‘ We question what is real. What is true to our eyes—or commercialized and oppressed sources of our everyday truths: how we work, how women are essentialized to bodies that produce labor and financial value for the state.
‘ The journey continues.