The homage part of my "12 Horses - Homage to Jannis Kounellis". Read the rest of my statement on the link in my bio!
In 1969, Jannis Kounellis (member of the Italian art movement Arte Povera) brought twelve living horses inside a gallery space in Rome, creating an awkward, dreamlike experience and a very re-interpreted image of the Horse in an art context. Perhaps the most famous piece of Arte Povera and of Kounellis, his twelve live horses were perceived more like livestock and less like the noble, majestic and symbolic animals that we associate with in classical painting and sculpture. Absurd, temporary and unsellable, his piece critiqued the art market and questioned what mediums are acceptable as art (living animals vs. bronze, marble, paint...). Kounellis' “12 Horses”, while not physically being a painting, directly referenced the concept and tradition of Painting. It forced the viewer, through the Art Historically loaded subject of the Horse, to think of Painting beyond its material aspects of paint on canvas and consider it through its other qualities - as drama, space, feeling, composition, subject matter, theatre, idea. The live animals brought blunt visibility to the normally invisible architecture and “empty” space, making it one of the seminal examples of installation art. Kounellis' installation also complexly functioned as a two dimensional painting - the frustrating inability to enter the area between the horses (due to potential physical danger) flattened the entire exhibition space. Space itself became something solid, something to look at (rather than be in) in the same way one looks at a painting.
Photo of 1/2 my installation by @brandonsoder
Photo of Kounellis' piece by #ClaudioAbate
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