I found this proposal to be refreshingly innovative. I was
particularly interested in the artist‘s global consideration.
The issues of local and global responsibility are addressed in
a poetic and dynamic way. The concept of amassing or accumulating
such a loaded symbol as oil barrels is a powerful image as a
symbolic gesture that references the complex global political
context behind the war in Iraq while simultaneously representing
the horrifying volume of civilian casualties. To imagine the
scope of the concept is stunning and I appreciate the artist’s
poetic concept was one that stayed with me as I spent time looking
at all of the other proposals. This simple yet powerful gesture
is moving in an understated, humble way. I would even go so far
as to say that in its humility it makes a bold anti-monumental
political statement. It evokes the frailty of our interdependence
on one another and in this way offers an innovative and creative
approach to the notion of a monument.
appreciated this artist’s innovative use of readily accessible technology
to conceive of a project that operates on multiple levels. I like
the focus on the simple act of exchange as a guiding principal of
the work. I also value that it elicits engagement with American life
and society and calls into question issues of responsibility and
project’s strength is in the artist’s sensitivity to heartbreaking
images and stories of his subjects. His respectful journalistic approach
is not perhaps the most creative as far as memorials go, but the
power of these images and the stories behind them speaks volumes.
This is an important project in that it does the necessary and surprisingly
rare job of recording a history that is not widely known in the specifics,
stories that are perhaps not easy to hear, but vital for us to know.
found this proposal to be respectful and creative in the artist’s
proposed use of materials and form. The concept of using notches
to symbolize individual powerful in its ability to convey the volume
of loss people have suffered as well as a powerful acknowledgment
of politics of anonymity. I liked that this project also acknowledges
life moving forward. It offers viewers an experience with a work
of art that provides an opportunity for healing and perhaps suggests
was of re-engage with regular life through transportation and everyday
circulation while simultaneously remaining conscious of the losses
of the war.
project is conceptually strong and creative in scope and scale. The
artist’s treatment of time and measurement is straightforward and
in that directness there is something beautiful in its conciseness.
Its subversion of the notion of the monument is effective in its
physicality yet it also deals with duration in a powerful way. The
notion of a temporal continuum taking the form of a wristwatch has
interesting implications for the wearer of this watch in that the
fact of the ever present and increasing numbers are only acknowledged
through the act of wearing— making the wearer increasingly complicit
as they uphold this record keeping.
I appreciate the cultural sensitivity of this project. Honoring
the traditions of mourning in Iraqi culture is an approach that not
many of the other projects engage with and I feel deserves recognition.
Furthermore the image of the black cloth moving throughout the cityscape
is a powerful one. That it spans the city, moving through spaces,
metaphorically and literally offers a range of meanings that are
dynamic and open up possible meaning and interpretations, which is
appreciate the altruistic intent of this project. That something
is being made in a generative sensed is a humble way to approach
this project. It is not about monumentality in the traditional
sense, but yet effectively gets a something large in scope
and also enlists a specific kind of engagement with a wide
range of people. In addition, the symbolic value of the cup
is effective as it offers insight into the notion of offering
something, of giving back.
is an interesting proposed use of new media technology in this project.
Using sound and original source materials is not only an effective
way of disseminating people’s stories but serves the important purpose
of archiving, of keeping a record of these histories. The dynamic
nature of the proposed installation seems at once moving and educational.
concept relies on the powerful imagery of the two inks blending together.
It is informative and also poetic. Its strength lies in the subtle
complexity of the concept and both the literal and metaphorical fluidity
of the imagery. As an installation it is bold enough make an impact,
yet open enough to allow for multiple levels of interpretation.