Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Running through Artwork

I'm intrigued by Martin Creed's latest project, Work No. 850 in which gallery visitors run as fast as they can for 30 seconds through the space. From the above website: "Runners will be drawn from all walks of life, and the work intends to show 'the beauty of human movement in its purest form, a recurring yet infinitely variable line drawn between two points.'"

This act reminds me of one of my favorite series featuring running - John Divola's As Far as I Could Get from 1996/97 in which the artist runs as fast as he can away from the camera in ten seconds (equivalent to the self-timer):

The first artwork I ever ran through as fast as I could was Richard Serra's sculptures at Dia Beacon:

Since then, I run through every one I can get away with like Wave in the Olympic Sculpture Park (image via):

Perhaps I should incorporate this act over the summer... too bad I hate running. Now if only I could swim through a work of art...... HMMMMM....

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