Process Diary (1) — Research and Project Proposal


As I am going to do a conceptual art, I did a bit research on it. And, i found on status made by Sol LeWitt, “In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art.” I think it is fascinating that a great concept and idea can be brought out by using a simple setting or form.

I have done research on Marina Abramovic, who is a great body art artist. The Artist is Present is one of the artworks that inspires me that every single body is a piece of art. By just staring at the audiences one by one can let them express different kinds of emotions.

Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism (a book) involves most of the dominating artists’ work throughout all these years. One of them that drew my interest is ‘The Human Condition” (1933), which has inspired me for the use of the easel. Also, there are many other interesting  artworks which brainstormed me, such as “Gift” (1921) by Man Ray and “Two Ball 50/50 Tank” (1985). Both have simple forms, which gave me reference on creating my own form of the project.

After I have done several research on figuring out the form of my work, I have made ideas.  one is using balloon as the media to show the purity of human. However, due to the restriction of the cartoon box, it is hard to use balloon as the media. Another one is using the easel and mirror to give out a concept, body is art.


From my interpretation about the topic and also the previous lecture, analogue, an object that physically exists is analog, which is also the opposite definition of digital. It gives a broad area for us to develop our own artworks.

My project will be a conceptual body art. Normally, body art involves the artists’ participation. However, I will let the participants/viewers to become the artists. This concept is inspired by ‘the Artist is Present’. Marina abramovic, who sees body as an art, has made numbers of famous body art throughout her life. Also, I was inspired by an artwork, The Human Condition (1933) by Rene Magritte, which consists of a view seeing out from the window connected with an easel. However, It has triggered my idea of using the easel as one of the elements.

The situation of this exhibition doesn’t allow participation of the artist as an artwork (due to the duration of the exhibition). So, I began to make of an interactive art which can let the viewers to be the “body”.

The primary idea is to put a (a1 size) mirror on the easel. (That’s it.) What i want the viewers to do is to see them as an artwork because every single human body is a piece of art

On the other hand, I also want it to be a reflective piece of art by relating with the recent social phenomenon. First,The fast pace of lifestyle makes people cannot even stop for a while to look at themselves. If slow down, they can always see things differently by just staring at a mirror. Also, mirrors can reflect one’s self-esteem. Nowadays, plastic surgery becomes ubiquitous as a trend because people have low self-esteem. Everyone is an art. By giving out this message, let viewers realize only can flaws make ones beautiful.


1. Marina Official Website (

2. Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois and Benjamin Buchloh,  Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism ( a book)

3. “Paragraphs on Conceptual Art”, Artforum, (1967)

Alvan (18/2/2013)


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