Taylor, Brandon and Russell, Fiona (eds.)
Sculpture and Psychoanalysis.
(Subject/Object: New Studies in Sculpture).
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The essay explores the condition of matter in a melting or viscous state, and the psychodynamics of its use by sculptors of the post-war period. Explored are a series of works/projects by the American sculpture Robert Morris from the later 1960s, together with later works by Ilya Kabakov from thje 1980s, and their connections with the phenomenology of 'disgust' described by Jean-Paul Sartre and Aurel Kolnai in the 1930s and 40s. It is further suggested that the immersive, repellant and ultimately redemptive power of this form of engagement with viscous matter be linked to post-war conditions of manufacture, warfare and political repression.
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