Pussyfooting a Phantom Critique Regarding the Superstition of Use Dispelled by the Detritus of Art
Let us avoid returning to art as readymade in the custom of the urinal, where appropriation and nomenclature is but hard work for the self-conscious artist. But apparently, the burden to relieve oneself of art can be dumped, metaphorically, on such things as a found toilet that the artists had altered for the show. This arrangement was visible within the confines of a temporary enclosure built for the purpose of privacy, which also allows quiet contemplation of art far from the cacophony of the outside, and replicates the experience for the viewer as being comfortably nestled inside a restroom. With its haphazard construction tagged allover with provisional markings and postings, this structure gives the impression of a site under construction, echoing the overwhelming feeling of the show’s instability and uncertainty, of art made surely with skepticism.