Sunday, January 22, 2012

Stephen Willats

VARIABLE SHEETS & OPTICAL SHIFT DRESS, 1965


- A work of art can itself constitute a societal state, a model of human relationships

- A work of art can consist of a process in time, a learning system through which the concepts of the social view forwarded in the work are accessed and internalised

- A work of art must acknowledge the relativism inherent in perception and the transience of experience, there being no right or wrong, it taking the form of an open-ended process

- A work of art has the possibility of operating as its own institution and as such is independent of art institutions

- A work of art can engage anyone meaningfully, being available to whoever wishes to enter its domain, only through embodying in its presentation the means by which people are able to acquire the necessary language and procedures to receive and internalise its meaning


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