Response to Screenings and Reading 9/3

Paul Pfeiffer- Art 21

Although I really liked the interesting use of repetition and loop in his projects, the most intriguing part is how Pfeiffer came up with his idea to erase and entire scene.  He came up with the idea through a mistake or in his words “a failure that [he] encountered.” Many times I find new ways of doing things by messing up something else. The way he turned his error into an entire new project is like the way I first worked with silhouettes in my collages because I failed to leave enough space for color.

Robert Raushenburg- Erased De Kooning

There are two things I like the most about the Raushenburg video, first is his thoughts on his own work, and secondly how he responds to the final question asked in the video. After stating that he started by erasing his own drawings he declared “it was nothing.” Raushenburg believed “it had to start as art.” Showing he does not think of his own work as art fascinates me. Then, on the other hand, his response to the question what does his erasure mean to him, he says “It’s poetry.” He commented that his own work at drawing did not count as art, yet the act of erasing a De Kooning piece becomes poetry when others think of it as vandalism.

The Revelation of Erasure by Brian Dillon

Many quotes in this article catch my attention for many different reasons. From recalling to forgetting and detrimental excess to what is still detectable, my mind was spinning.

When talking about the attempt to capture an empty stage, or gallery, or a silent orchestra I was blown away. I have tried to take photos of empty stages before and I can still feel the performance that was there. Being able to connect to that was amazing. I love how they declared the project “impossible” because “some sound, image or word [would] intervene to recall the world left behind.”

“Excess is a form of erasure too.” That is a phenomenal phrase. It says so much even while it is about what has been erased to some extent. Time and time again I have completely ruined a project by adding way too much to it. The idea that excess erases the project works for me because it erases the function of the project. If a project is to look pleasing and I jumble it up with too much the goal has been erased.

Many times as a kid I would draw with an Etch a Sketch and as Dillon says, you can turn it the right way and see previous creations. I would spend hours trying to re-create things I didn’t like the way they looked the first few times by tilting it to compare.

To me the line “There will be no forgetting the crossed-out…” has endless meanings depending on who reads it. Everything I create as a project I take notes on before, during, and after I complete it. Anything I undo or erase I make a note of, because if it didn’t work then odds are in that set of projects it won’t work again. It makes it so that it is not just impossible to forget, I choose not to forget it.