In the last four weeks, countless artists have used Animal Crossing: New Horizons as a space for artistic re-enactments. On of the most interesting examples were produced by Shing Yin Khor who transformed her Animal Crossing island into an exhibition space where she recreated artworks and performances by Barbara Kruger, Jeanne-Claude, Chris Burden, and Marina Abramović. Abramović’s iconic piece The Artist is Present, which originally took place with audience attendees at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City has been recontextualized in Animal Crossing. Abramović’s piece was also remade by Pippin Barr a few years ago.
shing yin khor (@sawdustbear), March 30 2020
Khor also made a text piece inspired by Barbara Kruger’s Untitled, which, instead of “your body is a battleground”, reads, “your turnips are a battleground”. Khor has also remade Jeanne-Claude’s installation piece The Umbrellas and Chris Burden’s Urban Light, a large-scale sculpture made of repurposed streetlights from the 1920s and 30s currently on display at the LACMA, in Los Angeles. As for all the others artists involved in such projects, documenting the work is done through Instagram.
shing yin khor (@sawdustbear), April 4 2020
Shing Yin Khor is a cartoonist and installation artist that is exploring personal narrative, new human rituals, and collaborative worldbuilding through graphic memoir and science fiction, and large scale art structures. I'm obsessed with building universes and collections filled with awkward creatures and yearning people trapped in a world of heroic futility. Her themes are inspired by old museums, cabinets of curiosities, pre-Linnaean taxonomy, and the quiet horror of colonial era collecting.
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