This notion came to mind when pairing Vlassis Caniaris, Jef Geys and Cady Noland.
Rage is often perceived as a blinding feeling, and rightly so, when its cause nor aim are understood. But rage can also become an explosive creative social power, reversing feelings of helplessness. If this hitting power is translated into artistic mediums and practices, it may offer not only a shared focus but also a shared intensity; art as a combustion engine.
Aspects of Racism by Caniaris combines a narrative dimension – colours of skin – with ta shocking line up of feet, that appear to have been cut off, Geys evokes the primary colours and lets the biblical warning of God fall from them, Noland punctures an iconic image of Kennedy murderer Lee Harvey Oswald and stuffs an American flag in the hole made over his mouth.
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De gevallen verwittiging ...
Jef Geys, De gevallen verwittiging [The Fallen Warning], 1985. Installation, steel, pigment powder, 400 x 700 x 200 cm.
Aspects of racism II
Vlassis Caniaris, Aspects of racism II, 1970. Sculpture, plaster, 15 x 125 x 30 cm.