'Nothing' on a Grand Scale...

As an artist I would like to leave the world with the legacy of my greatest exhibition of conceptual artwork (or lack of it as this article will reveal). My vision is on such a grand scale that only one of the world's great art museums could house it.

In essence I would like to empty all the art from the walls and rooms of one of the great art museums. I would then like to hang my exhibition entitled 'Unstarted'.

Every room in every gallery will be filled with artworks that I have spent no time at all creating. Not so much as a single empty canvas, just a museum filled with nothing. Unstarted.

Naturally each individual artwork not appearing in the exhibition would be 'Untitled'.

I imagine the souvenier catalogue of artworks to be filled with blank pages. Unprinted.

What a bold statement. Shifting aside all that important art for nothing (literally). Minimalism to the extreme. An artist who has got so good at creating less and less he's finally worked out how to make doing nothing into an artform. For nothing must be done on a grand scale for people to take any notice, otherwise why would they care?

This exhibition has nothing to do with the space other than my desire not to fill it with anything of substance (until some art wanker decides that 'nothing' has substance and aplauds my genius).

You should not marvel at the space, having never seen it this empty before. You should look closely at the art and decide for yourself if this really is 'conceptual' or is it just another drop out artist 'yanking your chain'.

Of course, you will never see this exhibition in its purest form because already the conceptual integrity has been compromised. The mere act of conceptualising such an exhibition means that it has been 'started' and therefore 'Unstarted' no longer represents the concept. For 'Unstarted' to work the idea must never have been thought of in the first place. Only then will it truely be 'unstarted'.

Perhaps the world will be spared my legacy after all.

3 comments:

  1. Wow, that was beautiful. I am also an artist and will be graduating in may 07 with my bachelors in fine arts. kinda new to blogging, love yours. What medium do you use most? mine is ceramics

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  2. Thanks for the comment Kimguin. I mainly use acrylics, as a base underpainting, with chalk pastel applied over the top, though I have been known to use other mediums too.

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  3. If you'd like to read an interesting discussion based on this article I reproduced it here on Australian Art Forum. Well worth a read.

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