The AMAM has recently installed a selection of recent acquisitions by contemporary Brazilian artists, Jac Leirner and Ernesto Neto, alongside prints by 20th-century Spanish artists Antoni Tàpies and Eduardo Chillida.
In this assemblage, Leirner has punched a group of Brazilian bank notes with holes and strung them together with a polyurethane cord, enclosed at the bottom, front, and back in a plastic tray.
This quote from the artist provides some background on the issues she addresses in her work (and is taken from the Walker Art Center’s website):
"There is a main concern in my work which is not politics or anthropology, economy or other kinds of big issues or techniques. The concern is art, poetics, soul, tradition, and language and my being within these terms. I think it’s as subjective as the birth of an idea, although it sometimes may appear really very objective—because of the materials that I’ve been using. They are already impregnated by meanings like shopping bags, bank notes, brochures, cigarette packs, and envelopes. My main approach to these materials is putting together what is shattered all over, finding places and positions for what didn’t previously have one—organizing, formalizing. It’s a lot about patience."
More information on Leirner can be found on MoMA’s website.
Jac Leirner (Brazilian, b. 1961)
Little Blue Phase, 1991
Brazilian bank notes, polyurethane cord, and Plexiglas
Gift of Jerry M. Lindzon, AMAM 2010.25.1
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