Friday, May 15, 2015

2015 Triennial: Surround Audience

The New Museum exhibition 'Surround Audience' presents works by 51 young artists, most born in the 1980s. The building-wide exhibition included various artistic practices, including sound, installation, sculpture, painting and video. This exhibition was interesting to me because art and technology are inextricably linked these days. My favorite works in this exhibition were "The New Psychology" series (2015) by Mexican artist José León Cerrillo. The series was a site-specific structure that transects the space and its walls. In his work, visitors can view the work of other artists' pieces through a negative space of frames. I liked shadows and structures that looks different depending on position.

However, after seeing the other floors, I felt that though exhibition was filled with much work, the exhibition space felt somewhat empty. It was difficult to shake off the ambiguous feeling what message the exhibition was trying to convey. It was a regretful feeling to wonder what the exhibition would have been like if, in the planning stages, more research was done on the artists in order to make conceptually clearer divisions of the pieces.      

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