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Solvent Form: Art and destruction

Jared Pappas-Kelley


Solvent form examines the destruction of art—through objects that have been destroyed (lost in fires, floods, vandalism, or similarly those artists that actively court or represent this destruction, such as Gustav Metzger), but also as a process within art that the object courts through form. In this manner, Solvent form looks to events such as the Momart warehouse fire in 2004 as well as the actions of art thief Stéphane Breitwieser in which the stolen work was destroyed. Against this overlay, a tendency is mapped whereby individuals attempt to conceptually gather these destroyed or lost obje ... More

Keywords: Art, Destruction, Momart, Disappearance, Sacrifice, Sarah Winchester, Lost Art, Remainder, Solvency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781526129246
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526129246.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jared Pappas-Kelley, author
visual artist and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Teesside University

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