Since March 2016, I have thought about Romanian modernist artist Constantin Brancusi constantly. But, looking back now, I realise I allowed very little space for Brancusi himself in those thoughts. Instead, I spent a lot of time looking at page 34 from Art of this Century, which included an image of one of Brancusi’s Maiastra sculptures. Metaphorically peeling the image off the book page with a scanner, I have completed the process that another photographer started elsewhere, probably in Venice, nearly four decades ago. Together, we have turned Maiastra into code, trading relatively stable bronze for malleable text – very easy to edit or duplicate, harder to keep intact. Brancusi frequently photographed his own works in the studio, but did accelerated digital aging and the slippery patina of pixels ever enter his imagination?
This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria program and the Abbotsford Convent’s c3 Contemporary Art Space.
Images Courtesy: Aaron Christopher Rees