Week 2

 

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Q: Why do you think the act of erasure / subtraction is used by the artist?

Erasure and Subtraction have been one of the most captivating artistic methods that I have seen. The impact that removal can make is huge and fascinating. By subtracting the most important point in the picture, the artists causes his audience to pay more or close attention to the missing piece rather than what is still there. This allows the viewers to use their imagination to complete the image. In regard to the works of Alexander Apostol and Charles Cohen, we see two different styles of removal and the unusual pieces that are created from it. Cohen’s pieces from his Buff collection use removal by getting rid of the subject of the original picture and giving the taste of isolation. Alexander Apostol’s use of removal is more indirect but equally interesting. In his Residente Pulido collection, he takes pictures of rundown buildings. He subtracts the markings that would give indication of use. He allows the viewer to engage the subject in its pure form.

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