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#159 Gustav Metzger

Gustav Metzger (b. 1926, Germany – d. 2017)
Auto-Destructive Art, 1960

I am quite fascinated with stuff that self-destructs. Possibly, I am not even interested in destruction part per se. Destruction and construction are two sides of the same coin – you can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs. And I am curious about the creative potential of destruction. Both on conceptual and on physical level. What do you make when your focus is on unmaking?

Ideally, my graduation work would self-destruct from examiner’s examination of it.

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#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.

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#049 Keren Lowell

Keren Lowell (b. USA)
Respite

Linked in from kerenlowell.com

“It’s all about being in the process. I’m not sure about the residual ‐ it is not very interesting afterwards, although it gives something to talk about, stimulates intellectual discussions”. Can’t help to second that, thinking of my own attempts. But it feels good that some ‘real’ artists think the same.

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#040 Jordan Wolfson

Jordan Wolfson (b. 1980, USA)
Colored Sculpture, 2016

Tate Modern, London (UK)
Visited 28/06/2018

A doll that stares at you and swears? Hell, yeah!

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#038 Marina & Ulay

Marina Abramovic (b. 1946, Serbia)
Ulay (b. 1943, Germany)
Imponderabilia, 1977

Marina Abramovic (b. 1946, Serbia)
512 Hours, 2014

Serpentine Gallery, London

Bold. Committed. Immaterial.

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#032 Perry Eaton

Perry Eaton

Very unexpected, enlightening and inspiring view on own practice.

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#030 KATSU

KATSU (USA)
Royalty 7

Linked in from artspace.com

Conceptual vandal.
Drone graffiti.
AI graffiti.

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#028 Robert Barry

Robert Barry (b. 1936, USA)
One Million Dots

Visited on 13/08/2019

‘Nothing seems to me the most potent thing in the world’, he said. I am quite inclined to agree.

‘The piece consists of the ideas that people will have from reading this interview… The piece in its entirety is unknowable because it exists in the mind of so many people. Each person can really know that part which is in his own mind.’ He totally speaks my language, my words, even.

Non-material works. Yay!!!

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#014 Pawel Kruk

Tadeusz Kantor (b. 1915, Poland – d. 1990, Poland)
‘Panoramic Sea Happening’, 1967 in Poland

RE-ENACTED BY PAWEL KRUK ON BRIGHTON BEACH IN 2017

Pawel Kruk (b. 1976, Poland)
Exhibition poster, 2018

It’s hard to find a proper picture for it.
But there is something exciting about artist being formally accused and painfully penalised for allegedly erasing one of the lines in Sol LeWitts wall drawings. Just to issue a statement long time later that nothing of the kind has ever happened.

Re-enactment of Panoramic Sea Happening with director of waves is also pretty cool.

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#007 Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst (b. 1965, UK)
Demon with Bowl, 2014

Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, Palazzo Grazzi, Venice, Italy
Visited 18/07/2019

Damien Hirst (b. 1965, UK)
Remnants of Apollo, 2012

Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy
Visited 18/07/2019

Just the sheer boldness and scale of the projects.
Wit mixed with ambiguity – is he for real or is he just taking the piss.
A brilliant fit for our ‘post-truth society’.

Although maybe it is his Sotheby’s auction in 2018 that could be his most interesting piece…