Minimalist Poetry as Installation

Artist Obsession

Okay, this is too cool not to share. Mikko Kuorinki created this installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Finland called “Wall Piece with 200 Letters,” and I love it. The concept, the execution, everything. It’s simply beautiful.

As the title implies, Kuorinki created a poem or phrase from a finite set of letters which changed every week for a year. Part performance and part installation, the exhibit used text as both and aesthetic element and as a way to disrupt conventions of human behavior and communication.

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Here are a couple favorites but the whole exhibition is documented on Kuorinki’s website.

3 thoughts on “Minimalist Poetry as Installation

  1. I promised myself I wouldn’t comment on stuff I don’t like, but, then there’s no lively discussion, no feedback, and everything is just a virtual Facebook “like” and no possibility of a thumbs down. No voices of dissent every. So, please forgive my alternate view on this work.

    Mercifully, people have different tastes in art, because if everyone thought like me, this art would have been considered dead on arrival. I cannot conceive making art that is so easy, and taking myself seriously for it. Christopher Wool? Too easy to parody: http://artofericwayne.com/2013/12/12/christopher-wools-latest-painting-uncle-jack/

    I don’t know which this art fails worse as, poetry or visual art. Neither the content nor the presentation get beyond the mundanely superficial. No content, no substance, no beauty. Just a gimmick that’s as challenging and inspiring as a game of Solitaire or Scramble. The “artist” set up a little project of making different combinations of words over a period, using a white wall, black letters, and a easy way of rearranging them. It barely, if at all, transcends games and props I use to teach English to non-native speakers.

    It doesn’t help that Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Richard Prince, and Christopher Wool churned out a plethora of this sort of cerebral drivel decades ago.

    That said, I’m glad other people like it, and prefer to live in a world where there are all kinds of art, including stuff I find excruciatingly boring, but which others find appealing. Certainly most people dismiss my art instantaneously because it doesn’t fit their predetermined paradigm, so, there is a wonderful world of difference out there.

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