Mike Hinc, the contemporary artist, explores the many subjective realities through different layers and textures. His work deals with the complexities of a commodified world and also the gradual loss of innocence not only within the society, but also within the art world.
Strange as it may sound, the landscape may not be a thing to be appreciated for its beauty anymore. In fact, art may never have been meant to be enjoyed. It has always carried its baggage, as Mike puts it. Art has always been associated with the innocence of experience and creativity, wherein both seem to have faded gradually over a period of time. This loss of innocence could be explored within the realms of conceptual art, which is a paradox in itself.
While conceptual art has always been controversial, art always might have had a concept, within the subconscious. Yet again, this concept is reduced to nothingness; to vacuum, where it does not stand on its own as an entity. While one could continue to ponder about the subjectivity and objectivity of conceptual art, it still remains a paradox, as it unfolds the gradual loss of innocence. This perhaps is not to say that innocence existed earlier, and that it does no more.
Titled Kosuth’s Curse, Mike Hinc’s exhibition would take place between 6th and 18th of April, 2009. The exhibition would feature selected works of Mike Hinc. The exhibits provide an insight in to the contemporary culture and lifestyle, yet hark back at the paradox of losing innocence and being innocent at the same. One may feel humans as a whole have gradually ceased to be innocent, but on the other hand, innocence has always existed and would continue to do so.
On the other hand, it could also be possible that people are more innocent than they were earlier. Ironically humans are programmed to believe that the past is always innocent. This could suggest the longing for childhood and the warmth of the womb that a child may miss unconsciously. This warmth may be associated with the past, and likewise, warmth in the art of the past. Thus contemporary art may never be innocent.
How Kosuth’s art and his contributions become a curse could be something for the viewer to interpret. Mike calls it Kosuth’s curse though he agrees one has a lot to thank him for.
The “landscape” may always have been mindless abstract, whether innocent or not innocent. In “And No One Answered” the bird seems to be heading towards the shore that offers plenty of carrion to be consumed, but with nothing living around, and no one to answer. It could perhaps be the return to a rotting innocence of the past, which refuses to go away, while the ghosts of the past continue to haunt and lure minds to the barren wastelands of a distant childhood, or even a distant “classical” artistic era.
L’Art Contemporain de MIKE HINC
L’Office du Tourisme Intercommunal de Quillan
Square André Tricoire, 11500 QUILLAN
Téléphone: 04. 68. 20. 07. 78.
L’exposition aura lieu entre le 6 avril et le 18 avril
Lundi au Samedi 9h00-12h00 et 14h00-18h00
Dimanche matin 9h00 – 13h00