Taking the Readymade Approach out for a Spin

posted: 07-21-10
Spin Art (detail, two pieces)
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Philadelphia-area artist Joe Dillon III invokes the legacy of Duchamp's readymades when explaining his mechanically assisted "spin art," but a closer spiritual ancestor may be the rotoreliefs. Dillon's art reproduces the chance operations of the rotating paint spray seen at carnivals on large-format pegboards. The end effect resembles a mandala, which is to say a rotorelief at rest (or enshrined in the museum).

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