Willis Domingo

  • Meaning in the Art of Duchamp, Part II

    BEFORE WE TURN OUR attention specifically to the written notes, we should be aware of the content of one of them which adds insight to the particular function of the “Readymades” and other attendant works:

    2 ‘similar’ objects, i.e., of different dimensions but the one being the reproduction of the other (like 2 ‘deck chairs’ one large and one doll-size) could serve to establish a 4 dim’l perspective=not by locating side by side in space3 but simply by considering the optical illusions produced by the difference of their dimensions.11

    The artist makes it clear that a sculptural “Ready-made” and

  • Meaning in the Art of Duchamp (Part I)

    DUCHAMP’S WORK IS AS RESISTANT to a strict iconographical analysis as it is to appreciation on the level of abstract form. The “Readymades” demonstrate most succinctly the misdirected nature of an interpretation limited entirely to the vocabulary of perceptual formalism (although by means of iconic affinity and similarity of execution, the lesson of the “Readymades” extends to all his work except the early Impressionist and Fauvist paintings). The iconographical project of a one-to-one mapping of conceptual symbols onto arbitrarily determined plastic units of Duchamp’s various pieces falls under