Installation art is difficult to describe. In principal, it means taking a large interior (the exterior can be part of an installation, too) and loading it with disparate items that evoke complex and multiple associations and thoughts, longings, and moods. It's a huge three-dimensional painting, sculpture, poem, and prose work. Installation art is a relatively new genre of contemporary art, which incorporates a range of 2-D and 3-D materials to influence the way we experience or perceive a particular space. Installations are artistic interventions designed to make us rethink our lives and values. As in all general forms of Conceptual art, Installation artists are more concerned with the presentation of their message than with the means used to achieve it. However, unlike 'pure' Conceptual art, which is supposedly experienced in the minds of those introduced to it, Installation art is more grounded - it remains tied to a physical space.
Picture: Thomas Hirschhorn's "The Subjecters" on View at La Casa Encendida in Madrid
MADRID.- Thomas Hirschhorn, a Swiss artist resident in Paris, presents an exhibition entitled "The Subjecters", which features a series of vitrines containing mannequins and two installations. According to the artist, every work is a "commentary" on the "complex, chaotic, cruel, beautiful and wonderful" world we live in. The work of Thomas Hirschhorn (Bern, 1957) is a politically committed reflection about contemporary reality. Employing a variety of disciplines such as sculpture, video and installation, Hirschhorn produces works charged with social and political criticism. Three of the works featured have never before been exhibited: "Tools Vitrine", "Subjecter", from which the exhibition takes its name, and the Manga figurines "Ingrowth", originally created to be shown in a public space in Paris.
"The Subjecters", which will be on display at La Casa Encendida of Obra Social Caja Madrid through 5 January, comprises a series of vitrines...
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