art students, ya gotta love 'em

Posted by MTAA | Tue Dec 17th 2002 1 a.m.

Art Student Admits Planting Boxes In Subway Station

http://www.ny1.com/ny/TopStories/SubTopic/index.html?topicintid=1&subtopicintid=1&contentintid&573

An art student has confessed to planting dozens of suspicious boxes
that led to the evacuation of the Union Square subway station last
week,.

Clinton Boisvert, 25, a student at the School of Visual Arts, turned
himself in to the Manhattan district attorney's office Monday. He
admitted he placed the 38 black boxes, labeled with the word "fear,"
around the busy station last Wednesday.

Boisvert said the stunt was part of a assignemnt to study reactions
to art in public places. His lawyer said it was "an innocent art
project gone awry."

Police evacuated the subway station and trains skipped the stop for
about five hours as the bomb squad investigated the boxes, which were
attached to walls, benches and floors. The boxes, some painted black
and others wrapped in electrical tape, were determined to be empty
and the station was reopened.

Boisvert was charged with aggravated harassment and reckless endangerment.
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  • M. River | Tue Dec 17th 2002 1 a.m.
    --- "t.whid" <twhid@mteww.com> wrote:
    > Art Student Admits Planting Boxes In Subway Station
    >

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  • Muserna Muserna | Tue Dec 17th 2002 1 a.m.
    > Art Student Admits Planting Boxes In Subway Station

    http://www.ny1.com/ny/TopStories/SubTopic/index.html?topicintid=1&subtopicintid=1&contentintid&573

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    > An art student has confessed to planting dozens of suspicious
    > boxes that led to the evacuation of the Union Square subway station >
    last week,.

    Somebody's gotta love 'em, but is that our job? Lotta hip jokesters out
    there. Hmmm... UnionSquare, I would have assume it was my alumni from
    proximity. Anyhow- isn't there enough examples/case studies of public art
    to study any how?

    http://www.contracosta.cc.ca.us/Art/116PublicArtStudyImages.htm

    Tilted arc at the Federal Bldg. NYC is my favorite annoying art piece. The
    people down there just couldn't be bothered by it, "clear it out boys!" if
    this student gets famous for this he will be 2nd on my top ten list of
    annoying art.

    "The viewer becomes aware of himself and of his movement through the
    plaza. As he moves, the sculpture changes. Contraction and expansion of
    the sculpture result from the viewer's movement. Step by step the
    perception not only of the sculpture but of the entire environment
    changes." -R.S.
    http://www.urtonart.com/history/postmodern.htm

    I thought Serra's work mostly about fear and intimidation (heavy big, dark
    rusty slabs, deadly in some cases), in this case it's the fear factor
    level was like at 2. Instead of fear/intimidation, (the people downtown
    couldn't be bothered to be afraid of modern art), Serra uses deprivation
    of basic needs to rile-up the public. People just want to get to work,
    from here to there, much like the commuters at Union Square. Making this
    piece one of his failures.

    Speaking of Serra's fear based art failures, I am also reminded of Frank
    Gehry versus Serra in at the Guggenheim Bilbao. Gehry's Architecture
    completely miniaturizes Serra's "snake". I disagree with this critic's
    statement that it is the piece "holds it's own" at the Gugg Bilbao:
    http://www.jasonkaufman.com/articles/gehrys\_guggenheim\_bilbao.htm
    Furthermore, if The Gugg Bilbao is the Rolls Royce (or is it a
    Lamborghini?) of Museums then the Serra is just a silly dashboard ornament
    that should be tossed out the window.

    (bottom right)
    http://www.artnet.com/Magazine/people/robinson/robinson2-17-00.asp

    Another article for a new thread:
    "Americans 'get it,' they just 'don't like it'"
    http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/PEstory/TGAM/20020928/FCMALL28/Comment/comment/commentColumnistsHeadline\_temp/5/5/15/

    Over and out,
    muserna

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  • Muserna Muserna | Tue Dec 17th 2002 1 a.m.
    someone wrote offline:

    >I was ticked off when it happened and it is just
    > sad as art even on a student level but...the kids in
    > jail [...]

    I'm not sure who is to blame here. I would like to hold SVA accountable
    for it's student too.

    ~~ His time might also be better served returning community time to that
    area. Getting down there and seeing how difficult and stressful it is to
    use that station on a daily basis might allow him to recognize the
    importance of a free flowing public space. Same goes for Serra, whom I
    wish would have been feed a dose of his own medicine by parking that
    sculpture between his bathroom and the rest of his home. It'd be quite an
    inconvenience wouldn't it?

    >> Tilted arc at the Federal Bldg. NYC is my favorite
    >> annoying art piece.
    >
    > What about those cows?
    >

    The cows are o.k., The bronze rescue dogs at the FAO Scwhartz are nice
    too- Hiedi Klum, o-hum o-yeah, that's right!

    http://www.akc.org/insideAKC/dogNY/klum_0902.cfm

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  • mark | Tue Dec 17th 2002 1 a.m.
    on 12/17/02 11:38 AM, Meta Pen at muserna@muserna.org wrote:

    > I thought Serra's work mostly about fear and intimidation (heavy big, dark
    > rusty slabs, deadly in some cases), in this case it's the fear factor
    > level was like at 2. Instead of fear/intimidation, (the people downtown
    > couldn't be bothered to be afraid of modern art), Serra uses deprivation
    > of basic needs to rile-up the public. People just want to get to work,
    > from here to there, much like the commuters at Union Square. Making this
    > piece one of his failures.

    This couldn't be more off the mark, in my view. Serra's work is indeed
    intimidating, as is any large slab of heavy metal, but it is also
    extraordinarily beautiful and creates a breathtaking experience for anybody
    who traverses it and allows oneself to feel the changes of perception and
    experience of the world it induces in one's body and mind.

    As for people who just want to get to work and not have to deal with
    obstructions along the way, screw them! They should learn to appreciate art
    and nature and all the many other good reasons for bringing one's body and
    being into the world, or else simply stay home. Tilted Arc was not Serra's
    failure as a work of art so much as the failure of American politics and
    culture and the corporate ethos to absorb a great, difficult work that
    defied them all powerfully and authoritatively -- if ultimately
    unsuccessfully, to the lasting shame of this still too-ignorant country.

    On a related note, does anybody know the address where that big vertical
    Serra sculpture is in San Francisco? (I think it is called Snoopy.) What
    building is it in, please? I would REALLY appreciate a response!

    Mark (mpalmer@jps.net)
  • Ivan Pope | Wed Dec 18th 2002 1 a.m.
    > someone wrote offline:
    >
    > >I was ticked off when it happened and it is just
    > > sad as art even on a student level but...the kids in
    > > jail [...]
    >
    > I'm not sure who is to blame here. I would like to hold SVA accountable
    > for it's student too.
    >
    > ~~ His time might also be better served returning community time to that
    > area. Getting down there and seeing how difficult and stressful it is to
    > use that station on a daily basis might allow him to recognize the
    > importance of a free flowing public space.

    I just have to say, aren't we getting a bit pompous here? Maybe the artist
    rather than being contrite would turn around and shout 'screw you and your
    desire for a free flowing public space'.

    Surely we have nothing to fear except fear itself.

    Surely it is the role of artists to bring us up against our complacencies.
    And surely isn't fear causing us to be complacent about a lot of things at
    the moment?

    I mean, it would piss me off if I'd been caught up in the event, but I've
    often been caught up in totally non-art transit screw ups. And those don't
    even give you a pay off.

    I like the idea of empty boxes with the word fear on them bringing the
    system to a standstill.

    Think lateral, act literal.

    Ivan
  • Daniel Young | Wed Dec 18th 2002 1 a.m.
    Putting scary boxes in a subway station in this day and age is the same as
    shouting "Fire!" in a crowded theater - a perfect example of criminal abuse of
    the right of free speech. A reasonable person (even an art student) should
    foresee that it would be at least a cause of major disruption of people's lives
    and essential freedom of movement and conceivably a cause of injury or death to
    panicked people.

    This was a very easy and stupid form of artistic behavior. The practice of art
    does not justify the sabotaging and endangering of other people's lives. Then
    it is no better than the coercive societal conditions against which it
    purportedly directs itself. That was the lesson of Serra's stupid and
    oppressive placement of his Tilted Arc in Federal Plaza.

    The school is responsible only if it approved the stupidity in advance.

    I hereby sentence the artist to 38 days of cleanup work in that station (one
    day for each box) and counseling to strengthen his powers of envisioning the
    consequences of his acts.

    Daniel Young
    young@newzoid.com

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    From: "Ivan Pope" <ivan@ivanpope.com>
    To: <list@rhizome.org>
    Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2002 4:55 AM
    Subject: Re: RHIZOME_RAW: art students, ya gotta love 'em

    > > someone wrote offline:
    > >
    > > >I was ticked off when it happened and it is just
    > > > sad as art even on a student level but...the kids in
    > > > jail [...]
    > >
    > > I'm not sure who is to blame here. I would like to hold SVA accountable
    > > for it's student too.
    > >
    > > ~~ His time might also be better served returning community time to that
    > > area. Getting down there and seeing how difficult and stressful it is to
    > > use that station on a daily basis might allow him to recognize the
    > > importance of a free flowing public space.
    >
    > I just have to say, aren't we getting a bit pompous here? Maybe the artist
    > rather than being contrite would turn around and shout 'screw you and your
    > desire for a free flowing public space'.
    >
    > Surely we have nothing to fear except fear itself.
    >
    > Surely it is the role of artists to bring us up against our complacencies.
    > And surely isn't fear causing us to be complacent about a lot of things at
    > the moment?
    >
    > I mean, it would piss me off if I'd been caught up in the event, but I've
    > often been caught up in totally non-art transit screw ups. And those don't
    > even give you a pay off.
    >
    > I like the idea of empty boxes with the word fear on them bringing the
    > system to a standstill.
    >
    > Think lateral, act literal.
    >
    > Ivan
    >
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