Did you like the work Untitled / Water Glass by Terry Berkowitz ? Why?
Yes. I liked the work because I think it is a circular work, circular, like the glass. I like this state of
clarity and indecision that the work generates all at the same time. It is a transparent work, diaphanous,
but at the same time, it is ambiguous and dual, as she explained in her interview in the video. It is an open work,
yet not part of a poetic discussion, but rather it is related to the obligation we all have to position ourselves
politically concerning the real. From a historian's point of view, the piece has echoes of other historical pieces
but is poetic. I think the origin of all this could be Air de Paris by Marcel Duchamp (especially when I see a
transparent bubble). It is a small object, a glass that is part of the trousseau, that is, the things we have at home,
the dishes, etc. It is a non-decorative object, almost invisible, but part of that family of household objects,
yet significant. It is a kind of symbolic cup and that refers to the deceptive and the hollow. I do not believe that
the artist intends to deal with the feminine. I think the main idea is the dilemma of psychology at a very popular,
almost self-help level that incites phrases such as: "You have to be optimistic! You have to read the glass half full,
instead of half-empty! ", But in reality, as she explains, the important thing is that the glass is empty because,
although you have the illusion that you choose, you choose something inconsistent. That is what has happened in part
with contemporary democracies, which is generating so many thinkers; and so many citizens are eager to discuss these
issues. As for Trump, this would be like a glass of plastic beer, an example of crude facility, lack of judgment and
an unthinking and violent impulse to impose itself on the rest. It is exactly the opposite of Untitled / Water Glass
where you can find the subtlety, the paradox and that which forces you to think. It seems to me good work.
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