How Destruction Is Used As A Form Of Creation Everyday

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I will use this chapter to look at the many ways destruction is used as a form of creation everyday in western society and how we value it on a personal level. ‘change is a natural and organic process, one that is inherent with being human and of this world. Within this context, the change a person personally experiences is meaningful.’ (Russell and Russell, p16). Change is fundamental to our universe. Everything in the physical world is either growing or deteriorating and our human condition could perhaps be said to be a constant process of slowing down or speeding up, in other words taking control over this rate of change. The ability to control is seen as a valuable commodity and taking control over elements in one’s environment in even…show more content…
For instance, a portrait by Leonardo da Vinci exclusively focuses the viewer’s attention on the end result. The first thought when examining The Mona Lisa for example, is not about how much paint was dried and how the pristine white canvas was covered with colour and how many pencils or sticks of charcoal were used in the initial sketches to create it. On the other hand there is art that brings the concept of destruction to the forefront and the viewer can think of little else. Gustav Metzger coined the term Auto-Destructive Art in the late 1950s to mean a public form of art that is non-permanent and is destroyed by the artist or by itself in the process of its creation (Metzger, 1959). Metzger created art by painting and spraying stretched pieces of nylon with hydrochloric acid. He created these pieces in public, the public gaze being an important factor in the outcome, and which will be more thoroughly covered in chapter three. The spraying of the acid, the disintegration of the nylon or the resulting scraps of fabric could all be considered art and it is left up to the viewer to decide which aspect of the creation holds most meaning and therefore value to them. If Metzger had simply presented the scraps of nylon after creating them in private, his work would not have had produced much of an emotional reaction in the audience, as witnessing the process of destruction was integral to the piece of art. Personalising objects destroys the ‘perfect’ consumer
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