Monday, August 29, 2016

William Kentridge, Artist

William Kentridge, Remembering the Treason Trial, 2013. Lithograph: 63 panels hand printed on a Takach litho press from aluminum plates in 3 runs on 145 gsm Zerkall 100% cotton. Overall size: 76 x 70 3/4 inches (193.04 x 179.71 cm) Panel size: 11 x 7 3/4 inches each (27.9 x 19.7 cm each). Image courtesy of William Kentridge.

"...his job is to “make drawings not to make sense.”2 That he does make sense – and so much of it – is due in large part to his willingness to abandon it. Which is to say: to throw it in the air like a cascade of woodchips. Or a pile of leaves (the tree’s mingling with the book’s, mind you.) Or the pieces of a large puzzle – which the fragmentary, taped-together lattices of his tree studies increasingly began to resemble. And even as he reassembles these fragments in new and innovative ways, he won’t let us forget the fragility with which they are held together, or their urge to fly backwards into the anarchy of the scatter. Is this force entropy, I began to wonder, or rather, our attraction to the promise of the unmade and the unbuilt, the unresolved and the disunified? Our urge to “unthink” the thought we just had. In any event, it places us into a universe of endless bits and pieces, only some of which submit to being glued back together. To be sure, by the end of Second-Hand Reading, the allure of thought’s tiniest and most scattered branches had quietly trumped the enticements of unity. Or to restate the point: perhaps not being able to see the forest for the trees is, after all, a good thing."-an excerpt from an article written by Leora Maltz-Leca, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History of Art & Visual Culture at the Rhode Island School of Design. Source link is Invisible Culture

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