#142 Robert Janz

Robert Janz (b. 1932, Ireland)
Water glyph no 5

Janz’s water glyphs are made to disappear and transform before the viewer’s eyes. The evaporation is part of the process and story.

I am always looking for unexpected sites for works, I like minimalistic gestures, I like works that are not static. I find this inspiring.


#141 Jean Tinguely

Jean Tinguely (b. 1925, Switzerland – d. 1991)
Study for en End of the World, 1961

I did not anticipate Tinguely making my list as his kinetic sculptures do not really inspire my work. But I was not aware of the study for the end of the world. I do not even care much what the project entailed (although based on the image above it seems reasonable), I am happy with just the title. There is so much in it – wit, pessimism, sublimation, juxtaposition, reversal of anticipation, …


#140 Maura Sheehan

Maura Sheehan (USA)
Urban alterations (?)

Not sure about the name and image, but I’ve come across references to her designating parts of American cities as art, usually by adding monochrome paint to them. I like idea of appropriating pre-existing urban structures into own work.


#139 Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg (b. 1925, USA – d. 2008)
Erased de Kooning Drawing, 1953

It’s like making a marble sculpture – ‘just remove the unnecessary parts’… Inspires me to seek for application of that principle in other media.


#138 Christian Morgenstern

Christian Morgenstern (b. 1871, Germany – d. 1914, Italy)
Fisches Nachtgesang, 1905

A poem without sounds, yet plenty of meaning.

I’ve read about Hugo Ball reciting it at Cabaret Voltaire… I wonder how…

Otherwise it is an interesting way to pay attention to spaces in-between, in this case – in-between the words – and do something out of them. Something out of nothing is always interesting. OK, not always. When well done, like here.


#137 Aram Saroyan

Aram Saroyan (b. 1943, USA)
The world’s shortest poem, 1965


#136 Marcel Duchamp

Dart Object 1951, cast 1962 Marcel Duchamp 1887-1968 Purchased with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1997

Marcel Duchamp (b. 1887, France – d. 1968)
Objet-dard, 1951

It took me a while to decide what of Duchamp I should go with here.
It ended up being the Dart Object. The public answer is why not.

3 stoppages ?talon (3 Standard Stoppages) 1913-4, replica 1964 Marcel Duchamp 1887-1968 Purchased 1999

Marcel Duchamp (b. 1887, France – d. 1968)
3 stoppages ├ętalon, 1913-14

Oh no, this one is even better.
Scientific methods for art making.
Such a lovely blurring of categories – by doing, not just by talking.


#135 William Anastasi

William Anastasi (b. 1933, USA)
Label, 1967

I was planning to do this.
And, of course, I find it in anthology already…
But well, I had a bit another twist to my label, so I might still do it.


#134 Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen (b. 1969, UK – d. 2010)

I don’t know yet how this is relevant. But it could be.


#133 Man Ray

Cadeau 1921, editioned replica 1972 Man Ray 1890-1976 Presented by the Tate Collectors Forum 2002

Man Ray (b. 1890, USA – d. 1976, France)

An old favourite I came to think of…
A thought as an object…
An object as a thought…