Magazine article Artforum International

Porcelain

Magazine article Artforum International

Porcelain

Article excerpt

Take it down Tear it up Turn it over Make it new out of old makings: exert what that venerable scatterbrain in Weimar once called the Power of Pulling Yourself Together whereby the master is first revealed. Exposed is more like it: shown for what you are.

Porcelain! If a watched pot never boils, what happens to a pulverized one? These are not heroic fragments, nothing here inherently shapely! No identifiable vessel remains: you picked up the pieces all over the place and laid them down again

according to your own ragged politics of reaching and retracting, no better than breathing really, putting mere drips, untimely ripp'd, not so much where you saw they belonged, but how you surrendered to their various discomfort: an open mind must be open at both ends!

The wrong papers, the wretched old canvases discovered to be no more than rehearsals for much new catastrophe this purple patch, that silver of viridian woven into the web of accommodating earth, our only planet not named for some god . …

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