Jimmy Durham

When I first started this MA course Jonathan K suggested I look at the work of Jimmy Durham, which I did briefly. This is a closer look.He created sculptures that radically challenged conventional representations of North American Indians.

Here is an interview with him

EDIT MAY 2016  When looking back at Durhams work I discovered this !

Funnily enough according to Wikipedia (!! )he was interviewed by Hans-Ulrich Obrist in Venice, on the social live video broadcasting platform Periscope on May 5th 2015.

He briefly spoke about as-yet unrealised projects, cooking without recipes as a rule, his books of collected poetry, his most and least favorite poets, and always writing by hand while at the same time disliking handwriting. He concluded by answering Obrist’s request for advice to a young poet or artist: “Listen, always listen; don’t talk, but listen.”

and this…which makes me reflect on the interviews  during  my May 1st work May 1st 2016 #Crouch Hill #apreoccupation

Hans-Ulrich Obrist (born 1968)  Artistic Director at the Serpentine Galleries, London. and author of The Interview Project, an extensive ongoing project of Apparently around  2000 hours of interviews have been recorded, and published, referred to by Obrist as “an endless conversation”. .  a total of 69 artists, architects, writers, film-makers, scientists, philosophers, musicians and performers share their unique experiences and frank insights.Wikipedia.com

” the first time that the idea of an interview with an artist as a medium became of interest and  sparked the idea of sustained conversations—of interviews recorded over a period of time, perhaps over the course of many years;”
Hans Ulrich Obrist A brief history of Curating Artbook.com

A summary of the ‘blurb’s below ( as I didn’t get to the Serpentine  exhibition which finished in November 2015 unfortunately)

Durham combines  disparate elements, such as written messages, photographs, words, drawings and objects.

The core of Durham’s work being his ability to explore the intrinsic qualities of the materials he uses, at times fused with the agility of wordplay , and above all irony .

His  practice is a continuous exploration and production of hybrid and seemingly fragmented installations that invite the viewer to reconstitute or reconstruct the underlying signs embedded in his works.

His work addresses the political and cultural forces that construct our contemporary discourses and challenges our understanding of authenticity in art.

He challenges the idea of monumental works and narration of national identities by deconstructing the stereotypes of the Western culture is based.
Drawing on subjectivity,  personal history, cultural context and ecology to weave seemingly disparate narratives into his work.

He discusses the importance of Small Things in a word of Big Events such as conflict and mass migration,  in this interview of the Transformation Marathon at the Serpentine.




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