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#166 Trisha Brown

Trisha Brown (b. 1936, USA – d. 2017)
It’s a Draw, 2002

Dance as a drawing, drawing as a dance.

Very related to my earlier project “Imperfect Man as Perfect Measure”, but I am always curious about mixing media and ways how one type of practice can render work traditionally attributed to another kind of practice. Blurring of the boundaries.

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#164 Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko (b. 1903, Russia – d. 1970)
No. 14, 1951

Rothko is definitely someone I had in mind while working on my “Colour photograph” series.

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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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#158 Mel Ramsden

Mel Ramsden (b. 1944, UK)
Secret Painting, 1967-8

AGNSW attributes this piece to Art & Language although it also states that it is signed by Ramsden. I did not dig into reasons behind. They may remain secret to me as well.

A lot of interesting things are going here. Another take on the Black square. A question to what extent artist’s intention for the work can ever be known for sure. A question of how and by whom meaning of a work is created. A question of what and to what extent needs to be made accessible to the audience for an artistic experience to be had. A question of the difference between the content and the form. An epistemological condition of the artwork in general.

I am testing many of those aspects myself, so this is most relevant.

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#157 Ian Burn

Ian Burn (b. 1939, Australia – d. 1993)
Looking through a piece of glass, 1967-8

So, we are back again to self-referential works. I can only extrapolate and speculate why they were interesting in the 60s, and that is not so interesting for me. What is interesting is why I find them appealing today – in my present circumstances, regardless of the conditions of their making.

One new speculation is arising at the back of my head that it may be some unconscious opposition to contemporary attempts to make art “useful” for society at large by expecting it to deal with contemporary issues and reflect contemporary ideologies. Moreover, a lot of nonsense that is going on in the world may also be traceable to some kind of overthinking, of reading everything out there through interpretive ideological glasses, assigning excess meaning to things and then investing energy in fighting those self-created windmills. Maybe works that insist on their most direct – tautological even – reading, are offering a much needed escape or a wake-up call from it all? Maybe that’s why I am tempted to make them, too?

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#148 François Morellet

François Morellet (b. 1926, France – d. 2016)
La Défonce, 1990

Paris, France

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 🙂

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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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#130 Saburo Murakami

Saburo Murakami (b. 1925, Japan – d. 1996)
Kami-yaburi

Body. Movement. Frame. Painting.

Or whatever. Odd combination of recognisable elements creates something that is difficult to categorise – and I like things that subvert too entrenched categories, provoking new thoughts and opening new horizons.

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#128 Sadamasa Motonaga

Sadamasa Motonaga (b. 1922, Japan – d. 2011)
Sakuhin, 1956

Whatever that is, it’s unexpected, odd and outdoors.
Just one of those categories-breaking works that I find inspiring when trying to do the same.

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#127 Yves Klein

Yves Klein (b. 1928, France – d. 1962)
Anthropometries, 1960

He got it all in one piece…