Disability, art, humour and discourse

One thing I haven’t touched on much is disability art and humour. Kier Williams provided a link at a tutorial see here and the approach to the representation of disability, impairment and all things related was interesting. Aaron Williamson’s site was strong on visual still imagery and played with notions of history and fashion. For example his British Invasion image see here made me smile. He also uses sound in some works such as Caruso over Camberwell – see here. But is this art any good? Ie engaging and thought provoking? I would argue that at  one level the work is good. It stimulates thought and reflection. But the images work less well in terms of gestalt and formal picture qualities.

Katherine Araniello’s site was a little more directional in that she offers and artist’s statement and categories of work so one can orientate oneself more easily that on Aaron’s site where he lets the work speak for itself.

Katherine’s statement was interesting.
“Katherine Araniello is a London-based performance and video artist, who uses subversive humour to expose hypocrisy in response to contemporary themes concerning disability and social awkwardness. Her art transforms the ordinary mundane realities of disability into dead pan and humorous short sketches. Katherine uses improvisation and interaction to create unpredictable, thought provoking situations from large production to DIY/punk style.” (source – http://www.araniello-art.com/Artist-statement )

The work is diverse running through songs, performance, videos and still images including collage – the latter of which some are very strong eg the power of this still image in challenging the assumptions underpinning the charity model are clear to be seen.

Figure 1 http://www.araniello-art.com/PITYimage

Thoughts
It is always good to see other people’s work and especially when it is addressing similar areas to your own work. Whether it is because my work is still image based or not I am not sure but it was the still images of this pair that resonated with me most.

But both artists use of visual imagery in a different way to me. We are all making statements and some are more open than others, but I am seeking to make statements that work as interesting pictures and so engage aesthetically as well as intellectually. It is in that way I hope to interest both the intellectual and artistic communities.  The problem is whether they have the eyes and ears to see and hear it….

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About anomiepete

South Londoner struggling with life, art and photography.
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