To Slash and To Stab – Painting as Crime

Posted: February 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

Lucio Fontana

  1. Collin Andersen says:

    Turns out the one time I put a hole in the drywall I was actually creating art. Too bad my parents didn’t see it for young artistic talent. Shoulda got a raise in my allowance for adding taste to the wallpaper.

  2. Collin Andersen says:

    In the perspectives we’ve been discussing, this style is rather clever. It exposes the illusion of flatness by showing the folding of the paper, yet simultaneously creates depth as the canvas folds slightly inward or by the shadow of the holes. With painting and the paper-pasted revolution, medium was added, while slashing and pitting demonstrates art can be made by taking away from the original surface or permanently altering it.
    I think an interesting blend of old and new would be to paint an image onto the surface incorporating the slash. Say, a rift in space sucking in the painted characters. Or paint as magnificently as possible, then add several slashes to it for dramatic effect. Whether the audience thinks it a shame the painting has been damaged, derives some metaphorical message from it, or is simply surprised, I think it’d be a piece worth looking at.

    • I’m glad you found this intriguing. While initially I had trouble with Fontana, I’m very grown more comfortable with him. Perhaps I too have suffered from the plight of the public. That should surprise no one, as Steinberg suggest that only persons who are immune to it are those beyond the possibility to all experience. What remains to discern the precise reason Fontana is interesting. As you imply, this may come down to a debate over whether we want our teacher, in this instance, to be Greenberg or Rosenberg. To we admire Fontana for his formal achievement, or for his daring literalization of the violence of Action Painting? I’ll leave that for the individual student to decide.

  3. Emily Seang says:

    This art style reminds me of a technique called kintsugi. It is a Eastern art choice, more common in Japan and China, that repairs broken glass or ceramics with gold or silver. Kintsugi is like the canvas slashes, in that they both create beauty, motion, depth, and/or a new way of thinking to how the medium was previously used or valued. It embraces the flaws and emphasizes the act of creating.

    Here is a link, if you are all interested in what it looks like along with additional information:

    • This is a very interesting association. I will need to look into it. Thanks for the link. I can’t say the analogy is perfect. None is. Still, it’s definitely worth consideration. We’ve already seen, on the blog, how Gutai artists appropriate much of the superficial look, if not the exact method, of Action Painting. Also, Gutai my well be directing this look towards very different ends. It’s a matter of debate.

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