A meta-project counterposed to the general dross of art academia, “community”, criticism and the reified and commoditized big “avant-garde” art events of 2013 in Toronto (the indulgent twee tableaux of Marina Abramovic, and the hyped political posturing of Ai Weiwei); F*ART is an experiment and exploration of the possibilities of producing anti-art – art against establishment, and the institution of art itself. F*ART also functions as a retrospective of Stephen’s 2013 output where he completed and exhibited an average of 2 new works each month that span different forms, styles and concerns.
F*ART is a fist up, a finger, freedom from convention and strictures of funding, festivals, saleability, and space. In addition to their respective social commentary, the works in F*ART also critique the degraded and proforma nature of art, both in itself and in people’s lives. Bravura is a common thread that links the 2013 works; going beyond pretensions and pretty things to create socially engaged work. This meta-project investigates the problematic of centering; the loss of agency when moving from the fringe to the mainstream, the fetishizing of the other, the provinciality of community, and the complex inter-relationship with the mainly bourgeois audience.
A meta commentary on the institutionalization of art production and access, F*ART demonstrates (to dispirited artists and detractors) that one doesn’t need degrees, or grants, or community networks to create good/challenging work – one just needs to go and do it. It is also a metaphor for the status of activism – lots of people whining/waiting around, when they just have to go and do something.
Retrospective of Stephen’s 2013 Works
|02/2013||THE SCHOOLING OF DESIRE||Film, Performance|
|03/2013||LOON SONGS||Film, Performance, Music|
|03/2013||INTERIOR SONGS||Installation, Performance, Video|
|04/2013||BOUNDED NATURE||Installation, Photography|
|05/2013||I’LL BREAKFAST IN THE REDLIGHTDISTRICT (I CAN DO WURST)||Video|
|05/2013||NO ROAD||Film, Performance|
|05/2013||OVER TIME | TIME OVER||Film|
|06/2013||I CAN’T SAY AIN’T||Installation, Video|
|09/2013||OF(F) AN ACID LAKE||Video|
|12/2013||MY WOUNDED HEAD||Film|
|12/2013||VERTIGO I, II, III||Installation, Video|