Public Art (Now).Public Art (Now): Out of Time, Out of Place surveys progressive international public art from around the world created during the last decade. One perception of art in the public realm has been characterized by the landmark sculpture or spectacular outdoor event that helps to define or brand a place. But the practice of public art has a parallel activity that subverts and questions rather than authenticate a place’s identity; disrupts rather than embellishes a particular location; and contests rather than validates the design and function of public space. Performed interactions, collaborative social movements and small-scale subversive acts are just some of the unorthodox approaches taken by these artists. Their works challenge preconceived ideas about the role of art in place-making as they seek to remake places through forms and practices that refer increasingly to international exhibition, studio and gallery production of art
Public Art (Now): Out of Time, Out of Place presents significant artworks in the public realm produced over the last ten years – from ephemeral interventions to long-term ongoing projects, that address issues such as the encroachment of corporate concerns on public space, the implications of global migration and the isolation of the individual, and the potential of collective action to share the future of our towns and cities. Some forty works from around the world are organized into five sections – ‘Displacement’, ‘Intervention’, ‘Disorientation’, ‘Occupation’ and ‘Perpetuation’. The editor’s introduction sets out the conceptual, practical and ethical issues raised by the works with detailed descriptions, installation and process shots, interviews and quotes from practitioners, commissioners and commentators revealing the impetus and context for the projects.
Claire Doherty is founder director of Situations, public art commissions agency. She was editor of Contemporary Art: From Studio to Situation (2004) and Documents of Contemporary Art: Situation (2009), and co-editor of One Day Sculpture (2009), Locating the Producers: Durational Approaches to Public Art (2011), and Heather and Ivan Morison: Falling into Place (2009).
Public Art (Now). Edited by Claire Doherty . Texts by Claire Doherty, Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk, Chris Fite-Wassilak, Matteo Lucchetti, Magdalena Malm and Alexis Zimberg. Designed by Why Not Associates