A Day At Boston’s ICA

Okay, I’m blogging on the go, so bare with me. I just stepped outside of the ICA filled with so much inspirations and love for contemporary art. There are three temporary exhibits currently on show – all of which I saw and will gladly summarize (with pics, of course.) 

Moonrise Sculptures – Ugo Rondinone

This isn’t so much of an exhibition, but it was here and I saw it and therefore I feel I must tell you about it. Rondinone created these 12 clay sculptures as a homage to the moon and the calendar. Each sculpture, of which only 2 are displayed in the ICA, represent a month. The 8-foot busts are created with clay, aluminum, and paint. They are made to look very handmade, which is why there are so many “fingerprints” surrounding the face. I think they are quite adorable. 

In Search of Vanished Blood – Nalini Malani 

Malani’s work deals with feminism and rape, specifically during the Partition of India. Her not-so-PG work discusses the violence against women during the creation of Pakistan through photography, videos, and drawings. The room’s dim lighting and red walls magnify the depressing mood and give her work a different/deeper meaning. 

Liz Deschenes

This exhibition is quite… interesting. I liked it, I did. But I’m not so sure I got it. Deschenes plays with the idea of photographing something or someone without the use of a camera. Her exhibit and it’s meaning varies according to how many people are in the studio and how each person interacts with her life-size “photographs.” Her reflective pieces are transformed when people walk by them, creating a “photo” of themselves for just a couple of seconds. Her use of colors and geometry aims at transforming the room, but I didn’t see much of a difference. Maybe there needed to be more people in the room…

Geoffrey Farmer

Farmer believes people always look for images, particularly in books and magazines, for inspiration. His way of expressing this and dealing with the notion that nothing is ever original is extraodinary. With little cut-outs of history books and old magazines, Farmer creates his own art. But beyond his mini cut-out sculptures, the best part of his art is his narratives. Every piece has it’s own description or narrative. Many of which are hilarious. Sad to say, however, that this is the last day of the exhibition at the ICA. But if he comes again, I highly recommend it! (If you couldn’t already tell, this was my favorite of the day.)


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