François Morellet (b. 1926, France – d. 2016) La Défonce, 1990
Monumental minimalism again.
But I do like his smaller works a lot, too. His obsession with mathematics and geometry appeals to me, as I do see a lot of aesthetics in there, too – and very conceptual aesthetics at that. That nevertheless are embodied and eye-pleasing 🙂
Eugene Carchesio (b. 1960, Australia) The Brutalist, 2019
Margaret Lawrence Gallery, visited 21/09/2019
One more whom I kinda hate to like. Come on, a couple of stacked matchboxes? Even if casting cool shadows…
But this piece totally charmed me – not least due to the changing perception of forms based on the angle of gaze… And that’s how it (vaguely) relates to my agenda – I am always on the lookout for surprising perspectives…
[And it was quite a surprise to realise that this is already a second entry in this blog on the same artist… oh well, I am not good with names… well played, sneaky Eugene, well played!]
Shaun Gladwell (b. 1972, Australia) Skateboarders vs Minimalism, 2016
MCA Sydney, visited 08/09/2019
An unanticipated and cool way to engage with art objects – to skate all over them. There is something about different mode of interaction with art that in itself is art-generative… I did not spend much time watching the videos (most likely I would have skated on the works for quite a while if I only knew how to ride a board), but so much more appreciating the concept itself… And yet, I do think that I appreciate it more, knowing that the concept was actually realised…
But come on… to ride a Duchampian readymade… to ‘return functionality’ to the object, yet in a form of most dysfunctional function – to pose with the object in the art gallery… I cannot help but like the irony of that… and yet again I find it inspiring to see how unexpected bodily engagement with an artwork can generate something new… Coolio!
‘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.