Null Hypothesis: A Virginia Lake Public Art Proposal

The View from Hell

Call for Artists

Virginia Lake Public Art Project (with visual examples of past public art)

Previous public art plan for Virginia Lake – a ten-foot-high, rainbow-colored statue of a guy playing an accordion

Absence art has been recognized at least since Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953), and the modern tradition of extracting meaning from absence can be dated to Shelley’s “Ozymandias” (1818). In “The Aesthetics of Silence,” Susan Sontag concludes that

A genuine emptiness, a pure silence, are not feasible — either conceptually or in fact. If only because the art-work exists in a world furnished with many other things, the artist who creates silence or emptiness must produce something dialectical: a full void, an enriching emptiness, a resonating or eloquent silence. Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech (in many instances, of complaint or indictment) and an element in a dialogue.

Styles of radical will 3:34, 1969

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