Serlachius Museum Residency, Finland
In the First sequence of the Whatever project, presented in Serlachius Museums venue in Finland, Whatever was represented by boots. What distinguishes artwork from an ordinary thing? In this work, all applied qualities (such as craft, plot, image) are purposely removed from the object of art to make this difference easier to experience.
By creating the Ready Made, Marcel Duchamp pointed out the essence of an artistic act as a mechanism endowing any object with a special ontological status. By this act, an artist constitutes a general blank space (place for being) that can be occupied by any object. In addition to the fact that the object becomes a simple manifestation of blank space, its own qualities are not erased but become universal signs — the content of an empty medium, which is the art object essentially.
In "Whatever" we are presenting a blank spot. Now this place is occupied by Anton's boots, next time it will be something else — it could be whatever. Shoes were bought in Florence: black ones for Marika, brown for Anton. We have searched for them for a long time and finally found. Shoes should be good.
Marika Krasina & Anton Kryvulia
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