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ANISH KAPOOR, PUSH-PULL 2008 at ART UNLIMITED, ART BASEL 2011

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Published on Jun 19, 2011

The viscous, bloody mass assumes its shape as art object only by loosing its bodyweight; and the making of art becomes an endless act of attrition that flays the incarnate material. In each of these instances, the art object is both kinetic and mimetic. It becomes a presence in the world, an object of visuality, when it creates "new" virtual spaces by splitting the object itself with a fissionary force; the waxwork shedding itself, leaving traces of its being on walls and floors in the act of becoming a work of art. (...). If we return to the formative gesture of Kapoor's work and note the continual torsion that exists at the heart of the "objectness" - the tension between the kinetic and the mimetic, between material and object - if we will see something of the oblique obligation that art bears to society. What drives the life cycle of Kapoor's sculpture is what he repeately calls the "non-object". It is the emergence of new space. that is engendered through the splitting of the object. It is this fissionary act, however that creates the possibility, fraught though it may be, of a new future; But it is the wont of Kapoor's creations to find their way back from the future to the mimetic realm of the present (Homi K. Bhabha)

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