Yesterday I have binned my work from an earlier exhibition. Doc. 1-11-2 from the PhD exhibition in 2008. See tags: case studies, event 1, and event 2.
I got permission to photograph it, so this installation and artist participation is recorded for my PhD research. Photo’s will only be available within my PhD thesis.
It is a great example of artwork that shows a different way of functioning within the existing art institution. It also shows aspects of roles within the art institution that are normally hidden. As such it shows many contradictions but also possible changes of the roles of the artist, the artwork, site and public.
The artist has created an artwork by bringing the process of creation to its entropy fase: dispersal, destruction, devaluation, failure, etc. Landy is building an art collection not for public exhibition but to highlight its failure and destruction. Failure mains no access.
The artwork is an installation with participation of other artists’ work by allowing it to partake in the performance of (self)destruction and exhibition at the same time. This exhibition opens up the gallery or museum to the aspect of destroying art and at the same time preservation of the reconstituted reality of the ‘art-bin’, its documentation of the destruction. The ‘art-bin’ with its transparant walls also allows the viewer to see the artwork in the bin and as such it is a structure that ‘curates’ the display of the artworks that are on the way to the ultimate temple of our consumer society: the landfill site. An alternative to the normal way of distribution.
The ‘art-bin’ also raises questions about Iconoclasm, destruction and valuation of art in our contemporary society. The question what is worth saving starts with the artist. Many artists make a trip to the dump and dispose all the ‘failed’ work, or for other reasons. I often end up bringing my work to the tip because I have no space, nor money to store my work.
It brings to mind the impossibility to destroy art. This object or incarnation might be a failed one, but it forms the basis for the next manifestation of the concept at hand.