By Jesse Bowling
Destroying your art can be a pretty satisfying event, trust me I have done it a couple of times. Sebastian’s work “untitled” was a part of a show at Ballce Hertling Gallery in Paris in 2010, just scrapping in as “contemporary art” (class in-joke soz). Sebastian exhibited a large grey box upended that seems to have been dropped from the ceiling. The “box” is made from gib-board – which is typically used to line walls within buildings; the board is then covered in a glossy gray film. Most of his work speaks to traditional post-minimalist art with a zesty twist of destruction.
The “box” seems it has been dropped from a substantial height onto the gallery floor… but it’s touching the ceiling so how could this destruction happen? Sebastian has done many other works that seem to be destroyed in-situ, but on the contrary Sebastian constructs his destruction. Just as much work has gone into the geometric form that has gone into constructing an aesthetical forceful act. Has a spectator unaware of Sebastian’s work you may be like WTF why would you destroy your work? Was there a performance I missed?
I enjoy that he plays with the notion of the art object as being a “precious” item, that should not be touched or you will knock it off the plinth. Wickeroth challenges the historical avant-garde aesthetics so often we see the same old geometric abstract paintings, with their sharp edges and simple geometric compositions, Sebastian with simple order that is paralleled by his deconstruction, speaks to a new geometric abstraction with a brutalized truth of form.
My favorite titled work by Sebastian would be “ Form Fucks Function” having a jab at those Judd lovers :P.
Take a look at his website for more info: http://www.wickeroth.de/
All images credited to: Sebastian Wickeroth