In the Arsenale,
we were greeted by Ron Mueck's almost 5 meter tall sculpture of a crouching
boy. In the next room another Mueck piece, this time a life-size figure of
a naked man, could easily be mistaken for performance art were it not for
The series of rooms that followed seemed to go on forever. The need to see
it all hardly gave one more than a passing glimpse of each piece. Despite
this there were some pieces that caught our attention and held it.
Canadian Max Dean and Raffaello D'Andre's robotic table which uncannily
chooses to approach or shy away from a particular person in the room.
I was told it even gets confused when there are too many people in the
Street Market is the collaborative effort of Barry McGee, Stephen Powers and
Todd James. Complete with corner store, check cashing store, liquor store
and an overturned truck, this street scene is so detailed it begs for a closer
look. The shelves are lined with such products as cans of "Street Cred", "I
hate my boss" lottery tickets, liquors labeled "Guilt" and "Delusion". Not
to mention the store signs, graffiti, grime and cigarette butts.
Bill Viola's high definition video portraits capture the timeless quality
of emotion. The fluid slowed down movements of the subjects magnifies their
every gesture allowing us to see more than we usually do.
Entering Do-Ho Suh's room we realize the floor is actually being held up by
thousands of little people. The wallpapered walls, titled "Who am We?", are
not just a pattern but a uniform mass of tiny faces. The sheer scale of the
room makes one wonder about humanity as a whole and the individual..