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Inoperativity and Creation : Blank Canvas as Metapicture

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2020, 61(), pp.149-188
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.61.0.05
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : August 10, 2020
  • Accepted : September 12, 2020
  • Published : October 31, 2020

Shin, Seung-Chol 1

1강릉원주대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper critically examines the meaning of blank canvas in relation to the context of contemporary painting practice. Blank canvas has repeatedly appeared since the birth of painting. It was considered an expression of potential in ideal aesthetics and also as an ideal artistic form in the history of art that values artistic conception rather than formative acts. However, invisible art is a paradox, and the blank canvas is related to the self-destruction of art. In the crisis of art, modern artists who paid attention to the meaning of blank canvas as a medium of painting delayed the end of art with its reflective question. For them, the blank canvas is a metapicture and becomes a potential image. Paintings that were oriented toward the metaphysical world now return to the plane of immanence. The invisible image appears as a symptom on the blank canvas, and art survives in the form of nothing.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.