ruin

When a country is defeated, there remains only mountains and rivers, and on a ruined castle only grass can thrive.

Matsuo Basho, from ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches’ translated by Nobuyuki Yuasa.

watercolour on paper, a3, 2013
watercolour on paper, a3, 2013

 

the elements of degradation to the textures applied by anselm keifer, the work is applied ruination, the implicit and explicit apocalypse conjured. interesting from a cultural point of view. since the culture of built in obsolescence guarantees that degradation is written into the blueprints for marketable consumables. architecture included only the aesthetics are avoided. culture as well as art has disowned aesthetics