Layman's Light - InterAmerica space
In the InterAmerica space at the former CCA7 building, an unusual exhibition if you can consider it is on display. Unfortunately for contemporary art in Trinidad and Tobago, this is the last show that would occupy the gallery. Caribbean Contemporary Arts will closed its doors on the day the country celebrates forty five years of independence.
Yet, this installation was produced by a simple layman who had more concerns with the high prices of food and retailer's favorite sentence, "It gone up". He also spoke of our Independence, the incompetent leaders and that after forty five years, we were still too young to see, too juvenile to known of a better future. And in all, he felt his children had none, and people (after God) should believe in themselves first, before giving their fate to anyone else.
But just hours before he managed to pry the hardwood flooring off the floor entirely, stacking and separating the planks of wood. The gallery's original gray concrete floor is now covered with layers of powdery dust and lint. The space is transformed into a sandy beach with stacks of drift wood and tangled seaweed.
At the British Pavilion Venice Biennale, Tracey Emin had constructed stacks of wood that took on a kinetic module or pillar that extended towards the ceiling of the room. This is what is astonishing about art, and the context which it is placed. It demonstrates that once again an object confined within four white walls automatically retains the power of being a work of Art. Unknown to this artist, his methodology and order of removing the flooring produced the very concept as with Ms. Emin's Borrowed Light piece.
The removal of the flooring also triggered a poetic closure to thebookmann and undoubtedly, it was one of the best shows for the year 2007.
The images posted by the bookmann at CCA7 had an unexpected effect on me. I too read the assemblage of wooden planks as Instillation Art. In fact it seemed rather powerful imagery within the room. Imagine that the worker coming into the space having almost no interest in what passes for Art today, and proceeding to un-self consciously make it within the space. I must say that there is an opportunity for rebirth.
Perhaps it is in looking around us that we can turn the Art that we see in