the Selavy in Selawiska, Postcard Intervention, Maria Litwin, 2010
In October 2010, I produced a postcard based on Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q. Please find both images attached. Where Duchamp’s postcard depicts Mona Lisa, mine depicts Nicholas Bourriaud. My strategy is pretty much the same. Where Duchamp mocks the art object, I point the finger to the position the critic and curator occupies in the art scene today. I mimic the juvenile sexual connotation of the text. As a way of connecting with my audience I placed these cards in all the books about the grandfather of Conceptualism I found in Manhattan’s Public Libraries beside the image of L.H.O.O.Q.
Who decides what is and isn’t art? Is it the artist or the critic? Perhaps it is the art historian or the “art scene.” How can we intervene within and outside of the system to question about the nature of art?