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The Robin Klassnik Bee

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My work is in the Tate, Arts Council, Artangel, MONA, and MTA and SAF collections        

 

Aesthetics and Politics (some thoughts on art insitutions)

I wanted to raise a few points that I’m concerned about in terms of artist’s relationships to institutions and funding that I found difficult to find space for in the CVAN meeting as it was concerned with how to represent content and identities more than the bigger question about the function of art itself. It has become increasingly the case that art funding has been shaped in a way to fill a gap in the need to address social political issues that often seem to be preaching to the converted.

paper folding

Struggling to try and describe in type and images how to fold a geometric form to someone faraway. If just one fold is turned the wrong way - a mountain fold instead of a valley fold, the strucutre will fail - until that one fold conforms. You also have to build it all at once working over it backwards forwards in a non-linear way. So much like a metaphor for social structures ...everyone on the same page working holisitcally.

 

An Article by Elizabeth Fullerton in Elephant

So rarely has a critic spoke to me about the work of mine they then write about, with exceptions like Charlie Fox, Tom Morton and Elizabeth Fullerton. Often the reviewer/critic has never seen another work of mine. The works have often been outside of London or have very low capacity for viewers because of the structures I build (hence audiences are small).

Flying Saucers

Keith has become a specialist in UFO since lockdown and we have accrued a huge amount of books on the subject. Strange how the aliens seem to need to arrive in a vehicle and often have a face with two arms and two legs. We may have strong hallucinatory tendencies but we lack imagination when it comes to other forms of what might be considered to be existence. Just reading  Jung on the subject ...this is for the work in Sharjah in a 'Flying Saucer' Googie Architecture building. There was a UFO sighting in UAE in 1978 reported in the local papers.

why this one

It was on the morning of what would have been my father's birthday the first sunflower opened (July 5th), alone and singular - it makes me ask the question "why this one and why this day"? Should I anthropomorphize it into a human condition as being the unique one - an almost religious one "the one", "the first coming"? When I gathered the seeds from September 2019 I didn't know if they were from the tall or the small flower heads - it turned out that very few were short.

random determinism

I awoke to the radio speaking of the TikTok App and its relationship to growing tension between China and India. Although philosophical causal determinism would be a pragmatic position to comprehend the way things turn out as they do, it seems that the utter randomness and possible factual nature of those narratives is questionable. It seems one's version of reality depends more on the cause of events you chose in your deterministic narrative, these choices seem infinite.

erasure

I feel my identity just became redundant in a spiralling butterfly effect that came from a bat in China, so now I am too white, too English, too 'she' pronoun, too old, too not a collective, too ugly, too poor, too working class, too difficult and introverted, making work that is  too expensive to build and too depressed. So I am going to go back to being a camera/ventriloquist/projector, become a mechanism once more and dump this neoliberal identity politics that is being dumped on us. Those days of being a machine seemed more fulfilling. My pronoun is 'it'.

unpacking my personal narrative for today

Feeling confident that I am just speaking to myself I going to unleash my demons, to see how unreasonable they are (to see part of my personal 2052 selves as defined by Virginia Woolf).

unpacking my personal narrative for today

Feeling confident that I am just speaking to myself I going to unleash my demons, to see how unreasonable they are (part of my personal 2052 selves defined by Virginia Woolf).