A LETTER TO THE EDITOR
. . .
Who was the guy who sat in front of
his canvas for three days and on
the third day, took a knife and
ripped the canvas saying
‘I cannot paint…’?
Of course today we’re taught to
understand the other guy’s point of
view. It’s not cool to be reactionary.
But did he not miss the point as he
sat waiting for inspiration with
his brush-in-hand? Was not
the point that for three days
the effort, the wait, was worthwhile
so why, on the third day did he take
the knife, why not the fourth or fifth
or 75th ~ he was not a professional.
A professional never gives in ~
and they hung his poor torn canvas
as an exhibit, a work of art ~ this
was not art it was destruction ~
this said life is meaningless, there
is no point ~ nihilism. God is dead!
If he had waited beyond the third day
God would have come. If he was
earnest, a professional! ~ Maybe he
considered it took Jesus 3 days to get to
Lazarus ~ 3 days for the Son of God
to resurrect ~ he didn’t wait!
. . .
written byedenbray 03.03.99
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By slashing the center of his canvases, Fontana allowed three–dimensional space to intrude into an otherwise two–dimensional surface. Fontana first introduced perforations within his works in 1949 and referred to these as “spatial concepts.” He then began slashing his canvases in the early 1950s and added the term “Expectations” to the title. While these works immediately conjure acts of violence and iconoclasm, Fontana claimed “I have constructed, not destroyed.”