In St. Mary’s Library I have placed four paper cut out dolls in response to Arth 260’s project 3 prompt that embodies my own understanding of today’s contemporary time period. The class had the option from choosing from three options: Globalism, Relational Aesthetics, or Community Art and Collaboration. I had chosen relational aesthetics, which is art in relation with human experience.  Recently, a lot of the class dealt with contemporary artists who sought out to bring to light social and government policy problems through the medium of art, and in a big “in your face” way. An example would be Santiago Sierra’s 133 persons paid to have their hair dyed blonde, and the people chosen to have their hair dyed blonde were dark skinned vendors. This produces a lot of controversy and critique, but I am more interested in a tiny revolution, like the artist Gabriel Orozco and his work Crazy Tourist. In the installation piece Orozco placed oranges all over the abandoned tables of a market place space no longer in use. It is an odd, mischievous and quiet form of attracting attention to issues within the public sphere without the possibility of harming the audience or the ‘actors’ within the art (no one interviewed the immigrants of their opinion or feelings about their experience of having their hair dyed, they are seen more as an art object piece). I wanted to extend Orozco’s work through my own artwork by incorporating my own cartoon character within St. Mary’s Library, a space that is reserved only for students. Since my project is not setting out to change politics or the world, rather I’m more interested in changing the local perception of the space of the library and making the observer aware of where they are and the legitimacy of them belonging in this space (the character have speech bubbles “yelling” at the viewers to get out of “his” library). The character to the viewers would seem ‘out of place’ like the oranges in Crazy Tourist while the character would at the same time point out that these foreign giants (viewers) are within his space.

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