‘Art & Law’ is similar to the juxtaposition of text and image. It creates a conceptual tension although it is not clear which describes the other. In contemporary art you do not see an actuality as it is recognizable in the real world but rather an actuality as it reveals itself at a certain point in time. As someone who enters a museum and requires time before it hits him that what he sees on a painting by Monet is a pond. The parallel with the manner in which one should look at law is obvious. It is this subtle form of misleading that characterises both contemporary art and law. Just like an artwork, an object with a fluid significance, a rule of law is open for interpretation. An art critic would say that this project is the visual equivalent of ‘pretending sincerely’. There is nothing wrong with this as long as it happens sincerely. Which is where contemporary art comes in: as an artist you may pretend as much as you want, but the windows of the gallery should draw the viewer inside.
Legal Architecture is an artistic project about the visual equivalent of the points of intersections between law and architecture. Thie intrinsic link between law and architecture is the design of property rights, it is the manipulation of space which acts as a way of keeping something in, keeping a population out. Isn’t a house the material embodiment of a law which integrates private property as one of its components? How to enforce property in a better way than to build impermeable walls on the lines that law abstractly constructed.
Art on the Edge of Law
Art on the Edge of Law is a serie of drawings about crime and remorse, punishment and justice, perseverance and despond.
Aesthetic Enclosures is inspired in the legal concept of an ‘entire agreement’, a clause in a contract that stipulates that an agreement consists of the agreement and its enclosures. The agreement is in the project represented by one central piece of art which consists, in turn, of artistic representations of snapshots from a corporate decision-making process. The central artwork is entitled ‘certificate of authenticity and refers to the transformative theory of the 80’s where those certificates were used to redefine concepts as ‘agreement’ and ‘property’. The entitlement of the artwork as a certificate is done in this project to suggest another approach. The concept ‘agreement’ is used as a metaphor for the contemporary interplay between the artist and his audience. By remaining neutral in the set-up of the artworks, the emphasis lies here more on the fact that artist is merely a part, an enclosure, of a wider community.
Law as a Medium for Art
Art & Law is similar to the juxtaposition of text and image. It creates an artistic tension although it not clear which one describes the other.
The Legal Imagination
The Legal Imagination is about aesthetic forms of persuasion, argument and though with the aim to build a transformative theory around legal concepts as the basis for artistic interpretation (questioning content and form) and conversely,