24/10/2008

Anti-Form



A detail from Eva Hesse's 'Untitled' drawing (1967), more or less A4 in size. It beautifully encapsulates something of the loosely grouped 'Process Art' of the late-60s and early-70s. Robert Morris contemporaneously "posited the notion of 'anti-form' as a basis for making art works in terms of process and time rather than as static and enduring icons".

At a future-of-graphic-design-type-discussion at the RCA last year it was interesting to hear Rick Poynor question the lack of pursuit of 'form' in prevailing recent work.

2 comments:

riddlywalker said...

"In the days of form, people were interested in the Statue of Liberty- now sculptors aren't interested in Eiffel's structure anymore" Carl Andre Artforum June 1970.
To which could be added- "and now their interest has shifted to Ellis island"
Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi must be spinning.


"To the sculptor form is everything and is nothing. It is nothing without the spirit - with the idea it is everything."

- Victor Hugo, May 13, 1885

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