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.
WHY I LOVE HER
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.SELECTED WORK
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.
THINK ABOUT IT
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.