The clouds are lift­ing

Artists ex­plore emo­tional re­sponse to 9/ 11 at­tacks in new ex­hibit in New York.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - ART - By MELISSA FARES

ARTIST Christo­pher Saucedo, dressed in black, stood with his hands in his pock­ets next to his mixed me­dia art­work at the Na­tional Sept 11 Me­mo­rial & Mu­seum in Man­hat­tan.

His brother Gre­gory, a fire­fighter, died in the line of duty in the col­lapse of the North Tower of the World Trade Cen­tre in the Sept 11, 2001, at­tacks.

Saucedo's work is part of an up­com­ing ex­hibit, Ren­der­ing The Un­think­able: Artists Re­spond To 9/ 11, in which 13 New York Ci­ty­based artists ex­plore their re­ac­tions to the air­plane at­tacks, in which nearly 3,000 peo­ple died.

“We thought, there needs to be an­other way in to re­mem­ber­ing, and we re­alised that art is an­other way in,” said Alice M. Green­wald, di­rec­tor of the 9/ 11 Me­mo­rial Mu­seum, last Thurs­day.

“It gives you that im­me­di­acy of the emo­tional truth of that mo­ment, and you see through an­other per­son's eyes and through their artis­tic prac­tice, how they strug­gled with the very same emo­tions that all of us felt.”

The ex­hibit stands as a coun­ter­point to the mu­seum's per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tions, which tell the story of the Sept 11 at­tacks and com­mem­o­rate those who died with wrench­ingly fa­mil­iar sights as well as arte­facts.

The art ranges broadly in form, from paint­ings and sculp­tures to works on pa­per and video.

Saucedo, for in­stance, pressed linen pulp on hand­made pa­per to cre­ate World Trade Cen­ter As A Cloud, which com­prises three pan­els. Amer­i­can painter, sculptor Eric Fis­chl, who lost a friend in the at­tacks, is dis­play­ing a bronze sculp­ture, Tum­bling Woman.

The three found­ing mem­bers of per­for­mance art com­pany Blue Man Group made Exh ibit 13, a four- minute video of burnt pa­pers, let­ters, busi­ness forms and per­sonal notes that blew from the World Trade Cen­tre into the yard of their re­hearsal space in Brook­lyn.

Chris Wink, co- founder of the group and orig­i­nal Blue Man, said cre­at­ing the video was a way of pro­cess­ing the at­tacks.

“We didn't know how we could go back to our sort of comedic work given what we were feel­ing and what was go­ing on,” said Wink.

Wink said the real pur­pose of the video was to pro­vide peo­ple with a gen­tler, more re­flec­tive space that was less alarmist than what peo­ple were see­ing in the news.

“It's like each piece of pa­per rep­re­sents a dif­fer­ent story, a dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity, a dif­fer­ent sys­tem, a dif­fer­ent life in­ter­rupted,” adds Wink, not­ing that he will be tak­ing his kids to the ex­hibit.

“Me­mo­ri­al­is­ing is very im­por­tant to peo­ple di­rectly af­fected, but, of course, who wasn't af­fected in­di­rectly?”

Ren­der­ing Th e Un­think­able: Artists Re­spond To 9/ 11 is the first ma­jor spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion for the mu­seum. It will open to the pub­lic on Sept 12. – Reuters


Some of the paint­ings by artist Manju Shan­dler at the new ex­hi­bi­tion at the 9/ 11 Me­mo­rial Mu­seum in New York ti­tled Ren­der­ing The Un­think­able: Artists Re­spond To 9/ 11.


Works by artist Todd Stone are seen at the ex­hi­bi­tion’s pre­view. — Reuters

Artist Ejay Weiss speaks with me­dia in front of his work 9/ 11

Ele­gies, cre­ated in 2001/ 2002.

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