Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mechanical Turk Review of My Art #23

This is a project where I pay workers on Amazon's Mechanical Turk to review my art and website and pay them $5 dollars for 500 words. This is the 23rd review I've received:

Paul Shortt, a UIUC graduate, has been up to no good. He has been notoriously taking enlarged no photograph icons across the great state of Illinois and photographing them. He took it in front of a beautiful tribunal in the lush spring bloom, he took it in front of the Champaign county Correctional Centre, he took it in front of the iconic UIUC statue, he took it front of what seems to be a veritably disbanded mining facility and silo, he took it in front of the Champaign county courthouse, a place which in the great depression saw the sanctioning of warrants for arrests and seizures of ignoble outlaws and looting hooligans like Dillinger, Mad dog, and the great Alfonso Capone. Oh what a pain is this Paul ‘the beard’ Shortt. In How to be Narcissistic, a workshop and performance as a part of The Speakeasy programme, he attempts to capture the essence of the programme. They awarded themselves for being that they are and owing who they are. In an attempt to capture the sense of owing one’s own self, and the innate desire to be and want more than that is ostensible they succeeded in a fun and jocund fashion. In his other works like Please do not climb, corner piece, ROFL CON, It’s simple but complicated and free posters he attempts to perpetrate simple actions with larger, more convoluted and intricate connotations, often insinuating and mocking the charade that are the modern times. Be it the simple act of tombering an escalade or doing something because some sign in the corner of some room asks it. Be with giving the bird to perfect strangers on the highway or manhandling the flag, or be it handing out posters for free that say they’ve been handed out for free, these simple acts seems to invoke much deeper and far reflecting glares in the enigma that is the spirit. He even attempts to shock Chicago in both the literal and the figurative sense. He shocks them by installing a mirrored pillory in the Market place mall in Chicago, and he also shocks them with minor electrocutions at his very own exhibition. Seems like in both his attempts he’s trying to emulate something, is it the rapport of the human kind for ‘’an eye, for an eye’’ approach where we’ve come from beheading criminals in public on the pillories and now electrocuting them relatively discretely, or is it just a puerile jibe, who knows? He seeks a good conversation and erects seemingly nonchalant insignia in midst of just anywhere, he takes a three-hour tour and gives out certificates, he even devises modern greeting. In his own way, our Paul Shortt is saying more than he is saying; all we have to do is stop, look and see. It’s not rubbernecking, as Elvis would see, it’s just the philosophy.