Jason Jay Stevens

Katie Geha's review of the ArtPace 08.3 exhibition was refreshing for its direct critique. Well-written and brave. I appreciate her nod to the by-definition potential for failure wherever experimentation is involved (whether in art or anything, btw).

However, neither Budd nor Chunsheng were experimenting with their forms in any way. Budd used his residency to make an über-Budd sculpture, clearly an overt attempt to be spectacular (okay in its own right). So the reviewer's nod seems all the more a concession, and proposal for weak excuses for a show that didn't get over the bar. All three artists were simply exploiting the resources ArtPace offers, and only Simon ventured out of her "box."

Also, the line "It’s difficult to explain where each of these artists failed" comes off as a real cop-out. Isn't it the art reviewer's job to explain the difficult?! Anyway, I think I've nailed it pretty simply... the artists of 08.3 (with the possible exception of Simon) never got beyond the question, "What can I do with all this money and time?"

Jason

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