Monday, January 22, 2018

Jess Kolkmeier reviews Eleanor Antin

From 1971-1973, artist Eleanor Antin composed a series of 51 postcards documenting the "travels" of 100 pairs of rubber boots from California to New York. Ranging in activities from church to trespassing to hiking, to even a love affair, Antin is able to create an elaborate narrative by personifying the boots into an adventure. The final step in their journey was giving them a "room" and covering an entire gallery space in New York into their living space. The postcards were mailed out to 1000 different people around the world. Personally these really stuck out to me because I'm always drawn to work that can create the idea of human existence without actually including a model.  The phrase "take a walk in someone else's shoes" comes to mind as well. I think it was a very clever and humorous piece of work, and the end gallery setting really helped tie the whole thing together.

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