informal searching(s) and findings
These days, these past few months really, I have stopped thinking about this blog. I don’t know if it is a creative block or what! I may be coming up with some detours, or maybe just a corner, or something, inwhich to take this blog. Changes may be afoot.. I don’t know.
Thus I was stopped by the New York artist, Brian Belott, (unbeknownest to him) and the chaos of his work and work space (home?). There is something in Belott’s mess, the collages especially, that are the work of a student. At once the paintings and drawings and collages and performances are not very special, yet what they are catching onto, when they are working, for me anyway, is the vastness of STUFF. The commercial crazy advertised world and the visual art world and the similarities in visual representations. There is so much of it! No wonder categorizations of commonalities are taken up.
There is something in the MESS of Belott’s collages, and other art work performance and otherwise, that is crazy to those of us who want meaning not out of reach! his way.. well.. reminds me of college days, and the ‘not knowing’ what to do, which way to take this, or going with ‘it’ and going with it to where ever ‘it’ takes you.. when it is time to stop and take a look. Make up your mind!!
There is nothing to find in Belott’s work other than the deep meaning of the STUFF we surround ourselves with, and Belott continues along, it looks like garbage because it is STUFF taken apart and reassembled in an non-orderly way. It’s maddening because there isn’t any content that can be identified at the same time it identifies the mass production of STUFF, of our stuff. ack.
Photos above from a studio visit by Beautiful/Decay, 2010.
The artist’s web site, Brian Belott.