Experience of a Third World Person

In 2003, in Istanbul, Doris Salcedo made an installation on an unremarkable street comprising 1,600 wooden chairs stacked precariously in the space between two buildings. This work functions as political and mental archaeology, using domestic materials charged with significance and suffused with meanings accumulated over years of use in everyday life. More than just a pile of chairs this work is more like sculptures that take on the resonance of something lost, broken or mended.  Salcedo uses both gallery spaces and outside locations to create vertiginous environments charged with politics and history.  . Be it the antique invention – a chair that everyone uses everyday or a crack on the floor (see the image below), the work makes one take a second look at what one has neglected for long. This work below, entitled Shibboleth 2007, runs the full 167 metres of the cavernous hall on London’s South Bank. It begins as a crack then widens and deepens as it snakes across the room symbolising racial hatred and division in society. Salcedo claims the work took her over a year to make, and apparently spent the past five weeks installing it in the Tate. But she refused to reveal how it was achieved! It has taken five weeks of work here with very considerable disruption to the hall. It’s not an illusion – it’s there, it’s real.

Source: http://whitecube.com/artists/doris_salcedo/http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ArtistWorks?cgroupid=999999961&artistid=2695&tabview=bio

What You See Might Not Be Real

The sculpture “What You see Might Not Be Real,” by Chen Wenling, was displayed at a Beijing gallery Sunday. A bull  ramming the biggest con man of all time, Bernie Madoff, into a wall. The huge cloud coming out of the bull’s rear symbolizes the danger of virtual bubbles in international financial markets. In a society based on desire and money, some people choose to create many false impressions, while others sadly fall for them.

Chen Wenling’s sculptures are the manifestations of extreme humanity and immaterial images in a consumption society. This  recent series blurs the directness of the social metaphor in an interesting way. The reality of ‘Consumer Society’ is so indeed. The consumer culture brought by the development of Chinese economy and the resulting material abundance exerts profound influence on them both in terms of visual perception and cultural context.

His self extreme condition begins from the series of “Red Boy”.  It is neither realism nor vanguard sculpture, but the self expression of Chen Wenling himself to the critical state of life. For example, dread, gladness, game and fancy are thebasic main motivations of his sculpture. This series of the “Red Boy” conveyshis experience in an autobiographic form. One is the allegorical sculpture forms and the other is the manifestations of extreme humanity.

source: chenling.com, odetoart.com

Apocalypse and the Souvenir Maker

These are two of our favourite pieces by installation artiste, who lives shuttling between India and Korea, Tallur L N:

To view more of his work and about him go to his website.


“Polished” is considered to be “civilized”, “Well mannered”. We have developed a machine to transform your money civilized and well mannered. That is … to turn “POLISHED”. If you have money that needs to be civilized or well mannered, please drop them in to this machine. You can view your money turning civilized, Well mannered…believe me… in front of your eyes! If you have accumulated more of these coins, you may even think of buying this machine! You may please place your orders at the reception counter.

Electro magnetic polishing system, coins and walk-in cage


Souvenir Maker: Designed in America, Conceptualised in India, Made in China, Sponsored by Korea, Yes we are conditioned to think under flag…

The viewer can operate a machine by turning on a switch. When the machine is off, the viewer can hear national anthems from 40 countries playing in a loop. While the Dimension. machine runs, its noise overpowers the anthems. The machine runs for 30 seconds.

2009 (Indian Version), Barbed wire making machine, gold plated barbed wire, National anthems of 40 countries, glass jars
Variable (site specific)