Banana (banana peel on broken pieces of glass on wooden base)
Note: I've been struggling about whether or not the work of Deiter Roth deserves the question "Is it art or not?". Namely because he is a noteworthy artist and much has been written about his work; some of it regarding the assumption that for this type of art, he was "the real deal".Because I run this feature on occasion and I enjoy getting people's reactions to the weird modern and contemporary ar I sometimes postt, I've decided to archive this post under the Bad Art or Not? category. Do I think it's bad art or even art at all? Read about it in comments! :-) My own opinions are just as informed as yours, in most cases. Perhaps I'm a bit more "open" to weird art for some reason I don't understand. As a lot of you know, discovering new art and artists is a passion of mine but I'm not an expert on art, nor an art critic. I present to you what I find interesting, amusing, beautiful or thought-provoking.Whether you think it's entirely foolish or you see some merit in Dieter's work, all opinions are invited!
So, my brilliant and lovely readers...is it art, or not?
Dieter Roth (April 21, 1930 - June 5, 1998) was a Swiss-German artist best known for his artist's books and for his sculptures and pictures made with rotting food stuffs . He was also known as Dieter Rot and Diter Rotread the rest of the Wikipedia entry. Roth was a sort of fringes member of the Fluxusnetwork of artists.
Roth's creative accomplishments include paintings, drawings, graphic works, books, sculptures, jewelry, installations, and film and video works.
"I hate it if I notice that I like something, if I am able to do something, so that I just have to repeat it, that it could become a habit. Then I stop immediately. Also if it threatens to become beautiful." ~ Dieter Roth
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In a series of works called Insel ("Island", 1968), for instance, Roth would take a blue panel, cover it in foodstuffs arranged as islands on the background, cover the surface in yoghurt, then cover that in a layer of plaster, leaving the piece to undergo a series of transformations; mouldy stages, bacterial decay, insect attack, and then stability as only nondegradable elements were left.
Shit Hare (yes, pressed from rabbit excrement. Don't say I didn't warn you in my introduction that I may feature the work of subversives! Sheesh. I don't look subversive... ;-) I think I still have one of these hanging around from an Easter season of the past...uh... a chocolate one, I mean! ;-)
sausage decomposing (exact title unknown at publishing time)
Small Sunset1968 (sausage on blue & white paper in plastic cover)
click for larger view Gartenskulptur (Garden sculpture) (1968-96)
Wood, wire, rope, metal, construction materials and objects, furnishings, plants, video equipment, monitors, painting utensils, liquids in glasses, foodstuffs, toys, clothing, pigments, photographs, drawings, multiples and collages. Dimensions variable.
Ring: Ring with rotating components 1971 18 carat gold ring support with 15 screw-on shapes in coloured plexiglass
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