Chinese homonym the starting point for art
Artist Liang Shaoji points out that in Chinese the words for poetry and for silk are homonyms (a group of words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings), and this serendipity has led him up a mountain to nurture the creation of art work created by silkworms. Its a fascinating example of an artist orchestrating an artistic production, without having direct control on the result. Take a look at this article about his work. How much control does an artist have to have of his or her artwork in order to claim it as theirs? Laing’s art is on show as part of the Hayward Gallery’s exhibition The Art of Change, which is on into December. I’ve only just come across this exhibition and its too late in the day to organise a study visit to it, but if you get the chance to go, its relevant to all visual art disciplines and worth a visit.