I no longer like art.

I have decided that I don’t like art. Just having said that has freed my mind to come up with at least three new art projects! Try it some time.

Just visited the Deutsche Guggenheim show of works by Yto Barrada from Tangiers (nod to Red and JC Gonzales who will be moving there shortly). She was named “artist of the year” by the Deutsche Bank. This distinction by Deutsche Bank seeks to introduce to the public new artists of note whose work combines “Internationalität, Diversität, die Verbindung von künstlerischen Fragestellungen mit sozialen Themen.” Internationalism, diversity, and the merging of artistic questioning with social themes.

While it appears to me that Barrada is quite capable of fulfilling this tall order, the work chosen for this exhibition gave me little if any fresh insight. It was very safe work, commercially-viable-and-appealing-enough-to-a-large-enough-audience type of work. I gravitated towards large photographs depicting children who were middle class enough to look apathetic at play. I was attracted to these mainly because they were so well done. Interesting enough. But definitely didn’t push any buttons or cause me to question anything or want to respond in any way. I thought to myself “this is corporate art in a corporate world.”

I wanted a cool contemporary photo of myself at the Deutsche Guggenheim. Here it is:

Burdock at Deutsche Guggenheim

Burdock at Deutsche Guggenheim

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About Maureen Burdock

Maureen Burdock was born in the Black Forest in Germany and grew up being enchanted and awed by fairy tales, witches, and magical landscapes. At the same time, her family often told stories of the war years, making her acutely aware of a divided Germany. Burdock arrived in Chicago at age seven, where she learned to navigate a foreign environment and language with the help of teachers, books, and art. Drawing, painting and writing became both communication tools and psychological means for survival. As she matured, the artist used these tools to understand her own identity and the world at large. Burdock’s current work still incorporates narrative and visual elements to probe deeply into her psyche and to explore societal divisions and disconnections. Since 2006, Burdock has been creating a series of graphic novels that deal with gender-based violence around the world. Most recently, she has been working on an animated short film. She continues to incorporate both elements of magic and political awareness into her work. Burdock currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is working on an MFA in studio practice and an MA in Visual Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She facilitates Laydeez do Comics San Francisco, a comics forum weighted towards women creators, which originated in the UK. Burdock has won several awards for her graphic novel work, including high commendation by the global Freedom to Create International Competition and top prize in the Judy Chicago/Through the Flower, Feminist Artists Under Forty Competition. The artist has received critical acclaim by diverse reviewers, including articles in Marie Claire, Mumbai, India; Strip, Copenhagen, Denmark; and the online publications Lamp Project and Art Animal. She has published reviews and articles in publications and catalogs such as Graphic Novel Reporter, Art Practical, and WomanHouse v.4.0 Catalog. Several gender studies and world literature professors have adopted Burdock’s graphic novels for their classrooms, and McFarland will publish an anthology of the F Word Project in 2014. Burdock continues to exhibit her work in gallery and museum venues, and is looking forward to an exhibition of the art for her current book, Mumbi & the Long Run, at Space Station 65 Gallery in London in 2014.
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