I want to argue with my own instincts in this review because I like the work of Saccade Amir. I think there would be little of interest to say except that I liked the show and then to single out particular exhibits that I found most interesting and explain why. I think it might be far more interesting to take a contrary position and to attempt to argue against Amirs work and my own attraction to it.
Ranging from the whimsical like the Dive , to the downright offensive and shocking piece, Play House , the exhibition comprises extensive tones and much light and shade on both the Triglavians and the aspects of loneliness. It has been well constructed in this regard, with moments of high drama punctuated by reflective calm. But I wonder whether Amir has worked too hard and too self-consciously to manipulate the audience into an aspect of sex.
The greatest grand gesture in the middle of the scene Award Participatorie . This comprised a vast projections of a two-meter high conifer tree made of mass-produced human rubber dicks with little brass triangle ornaments hanging on the holes. The cheap ornaments I think states the mind of Amir in her work. Like all erections, including this one, they will end up looking limp and pathetic, even if made of rubber.
So, what do the participants say? The experience differs. The illustrious Ché Biko seems to have had a good time “I had fun. It was interesting. I gained new perspectives. I don’t think I totally got all the pieces, but I might come back for another try.” He also made a comment about the crowd that seem to have different perspective on the event. “There was quite a diverse crowd, and some of the non-Gallente were surprisingly cosmopolitan considering their backgrounds, interacting with the art. But most people left the opening before fully being aware of the workings of at least one piece of art. I’m also in the process of acquiring two pieces.”
Mr Biko is referring to Yakiya Verin Hakatain, also known as Stitcher, taking a dive into the interacting art called ‘Dive’. A glass cube two meters to a side, with small chest-high windows cut in on opposing sides. It is entirely filled with firm red gelatin with a golden coin in the center.
We have also found out that Mr Biko bought the light installation.
The directrix of LUMEN Lunarisse Aspenstar was not as positive as Mr. Biko. “The ‘art show’ was a perverted abomination fuelled by obviously sex-frustrated fantasies” she tells me in a short communication. She also left in a hurry after seeing one of the installations and one of her associates exclaimed rather loud that she needed a brain bleach. I wonder what Amarrians mean with that but I have no desire to find out.
We also found Auriga Menkalinan the kendo player. He has given the pieces some thought and told us; ”The usual buzz-generating titilation mixed with some more thoughtful pieces. ‘Dive’ was evocative of the entering abyss and ‘Play House’ a chilling portrayal of the abyss entering our world.”
He showed up with the blonde that seems to be appearing frequently when Mr Menkalinan is around.
After a meeting with Franco Phonaga I conclude just as him; “I thought it went really well. Sac got to show off her studio and art, and a lot of people came out to support her.”
So, we wish Saccade Amir the best of luck with her art and are looking forward to seeing her new pieces in the future.