Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Brush strokes: My homegirl Miranda July

My fantasy artist best friend is Miranda July. Here's why.

Born in '74 in Vermont. Married to director Mike Mills. Mother to a little dude named Hopper. Makes art, films, books, monologues, digital media presentations, performance art, music, and screenplays. Owner of the most fabulous curly hair. Collects erratum, the corrections inserted into books after publishing (weird, but true). As I wrote in a previous blog post, she said this about books. And her solution to beat procrastination is this.

When asked, "What's the purpose of making art?" Miranda replied:
I'm just gonna go for broke on this one and say that [I] do it because life is so ridiculously gorgeous, strange, heartbreaking, horrific, etc., that we are compelled to describe it to ourselves, but we can't! We cannot do it! And so we make art.
July represented Ameri'cuh at the 2009 Venice Biennale (if you like art even a little bit, get thee to one! They happen every two years on the odd year.).

Her piece was Eleven Heavy Things: eleven interactive sculptures. But they are better described as photo opportunities, "in a city where one is always clutching a camera," said July. And even better still, they could be called performance art. If you aren't familiar with performance art you can think of it as 'art that requires people'.

For July the 'performance' was completed when tourists uploaded their photos of them on/with these pieces onto blogs or in emails. At that moment, the 'audience' changed and so did the subject - from the sculpture to the tourist his or herself.

But hey, even if you don't want to dive that deep into these sculptures, they are still witty and quirky and pretty bad ass.

Even if you don't 'get' the work, can you imagine a connection between this and some really creative advertising or architecture? I think the intersections between design, art, and advertising are fascinating. If I could write another thesis...

Love it? Hate it? Makes you feel happy, angry, weird? Let's talk. 


  1. i LOVE miranda's work... so much! this exhibition is great. are you subscribed to her we think alone e-mails? random: one time i answered my friend's phone and it was her. i talked to her for two seconds and gave the phone back to my friend.

  2. I am subscribed to her e-mails! Love 'em.

    That is so random and so awesome!

    Thanks for reading and for commenting :)

  3. I absolutely love it! Thank you so much for featuring more artists and artwork on your blog, by the way. I can never get enough.

  4. I like that your homegirl has pretty much the same face in all the photos/poses.

    1. She certainly has perfected the vacant, detached look ;)


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