Contextual Structures in Site-Specific Public Art (72325)

Session Information: Arts Practices
Session Chair: Joana Braguez

Saturday, 23 September 2023 09:55
Session: Session 1
Room: Room A (Live Stream)
Presentation Type:Live-Stream Presentation

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The artists released sculpture from its pedestal, started to build works with ready-made objects and large scale structures, and produced site-specific public artworks from 1970s. This change has created a need to offer new categories, classifications, titles or definitions regarding art and site relationships. There have been many instances that attempt to define the context of the artwork and classify the relationship between art and site during the last forty years. In "Art-Architecture Complex”, Foster (2011: 145) discusses this process in which Richard Serra and the artists of his period moved away from sculpture and turned towards site-specific installations and public artworks. The artist, Robert Irwin (1985: 217-218), categorises this relationship under the titles of ‘Site-dominant’, ‘Site-adjusted’, ‘Site-specific’, and ‘Site-conditioned/determined’, the art historian, Prof. Kaye (2000: 1), reviews it in ‘semiology context’. As it is understood from these examples, it has been quite challenging to identify the context in which the work of art moves away from traditional approaches and begins to incorporate new strategies.

Today, artists do not prefer to place their works in strict, precise and fixed contexts and mostly reflect the synthesis of different disciplines such as architecture, art and design in their approaches. They also attempt to create a communicational approach with practices aiming to reinterpret and revive the site or develop a new identity for it in line with various goals and objectives. Considering all these approaches, this study examines the recent contextual structures in site-specific public art.

Seda Ozen Tanyildizi, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey

About the Presenter(s)
She had her P.h.D degree from Dokuz Eylül University, Institute of Fine Arts in 2013. Currently she is working as an instructor / lecturer at Izmir University of Economics, Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Department of Visual Communication Design.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00