What has been realized?…What has been dreamt and yet still a reality in the eye of the artist? In a true honouring of the precedent of the original Paris – Salon, 133 artists have been accepted into the Salon des Refuses – Sights Unseen, from 4 continents, 11 countries, ranging from well established artists; Janet Echleman, Mierle Laderman Ukeles to Vito Acconi and Buster Simpson - to emerging artists and newly minted unknowns engaging the sphere of public art with strong aesthetics of performance, process and thinking that represents a new dynamic in to address art in public space.
After reviewing ALL of the submissions and reading the narratives provided, my only question is this: What is the future of public art when great ideas are not realized? Can temporary site interventions now take a forefront to spur change and build a dialogue about art with communities? How can artists and vision be supported in new ways that might catapult the aesthetics of art in public space and help the jury process/curatorial choices become about amazing art? What about video and new media…not so new – yet, we are all new to the experience, and the viewers in all communities and neighborhoods value the same thing, to be thought of with a meaningful dialogue.
The presentation is a scrolling visual dialgoue with an introduction on the themes, the process and the value of the artist in public realm, and how to inspire invention for truly dynamic spaces.