April 25, 2018 by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday.
The Video of the Artist Talk of Jean-Michel Othoniel on “Dark Matters”
Not all videos are created equal. In the art world many consist of numerous talking heads giving their version of the artist’s work, which can be boring, and often pedantic. However, the “Video of the exhibition ‘Dark Matters’ by Jean-Michel Othoniel, above, is outstanding: The video is of the artist, himself, and his work, and the camera work and editing are superb. Watch it again with these points in mind.
Traditionally, Artist’s Talks, where the artist talks about his or her work, were confined to museums, and galleries, where the audience was limited to the few who could be physically present. As a limiting factor, this format was severely limited, usually to members of the elite. Those without the means or ability to be present were excluded. The museum or gallery was an exclusive venue, limited to the elite, and excluding everyone else.
Fine Art in the New Media
Now, through the tools of the New Media, or the “old” New Media – video and the internet, many artist’s talks are available to everyone regardless of status, wealth, or geography. This is a transformative experience, for the pubic of course, but also for the art itself.
Jean-Michel Othoniel was born1964 in Saint-Étienne, France. He lives and works in Paris. He “creates resplendent, large-scale glass sculptures that explore themes of fragility, and transformation.” Artsy. In 2014, “he undertook a monumental project: the redevelopment of the Water Theatre grove in the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles. For this commission, awarded in an international competition and in collaboration with the landscape designer Louis Benech, Jean-Michel Othoniel created three fountain sculptures in gilded glass. Inspired by the work of choreographer Raoul-Auger Feuillet, dancing master for the court of King Louis XIV, Les Belles Danses (The Beautiful Dances) is the first permanent installation ever commissioned for the palace by a contemporary artist.” Othoniel. In the video above, he talks about his work “Dark Matters.”