Monday, 1 November 2010

Process Art!

U.S. and Europe, mid-1960s

Process art emphasizes the “process” of making art (rather than any predetermined composition or plan) and the concepts of change and transience, as elaborated in the work of such artists as Lynda Benglis, Eva Hesse, Robert Morris,Bruce Naumen, Alan Saret,Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, and Keith Sonnier. Their interest in process and the properties of materials as determining factors has precedents in the 'Abstract Expressionist' use of unconventional methods such as dripping and staining, and manipulation of materials through the processes of gravity, stacking, piling, and hanging.

Process artists were involved in issues attendant to the body, random occurrences, improvisation, and the liberating qualities of nontraditional materials

such as wax, felt, and latex. Using these, they created eccentric forms in erratic or irregular arrangements produced by actions such as cutting, hanging, and dropping, or organic processes such as growth, condensation, freezing, or decomposition.

Bruce Naumen.

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