Friday, May 8, 2009
How the Black Box Could be Even Less
Here is Kasimir Milevitch's Black Square of 1923. This makes our John McCracken piece look like a box of color crayons. I haven't taken the time to look at that box for very long, I haven't given it a chance to hold my interest. Now look at Milevitch's square. Milevitch is right up there with Mondrian, they are the fathers of geometric abstract art. Milevitch said he was trying to "free art from the burden of the object"- so does that make McCracken's box a prisoner? I mean, if Milevitch is saying that a two dimensional square on a white plane is free of objectification, what has McCracken done by blowing that into a box outside of which one can stand and see herself? He has made an object of the square. In a way he has made an object of the viewer. There are so many artists in between, and so many boxes.