Let’s start today with Fuck it up and start again (one guitar smashed and mended 7 times), 2001 from Sofia Hultén.
I am normally not a big fan of happening and other video of such (I usually pass quickly in front of it during art fair/exhibition…), but how not to be captivated by the concept, energy and title?
Unlike the rock star smashing for good its artistic medium, using a language of self-destruction and provocation, here, the artist repairs it, smash it again and on repeat. Therefore, the emphasis is not much on the action only but also on the object itself: she doesn’t use another guitar, but give to this object, life and death, in a word: history and that’s exactly why this anthropomorphism is captivating.
Plus, by exploring in her works the concept of reconstruction of everyday objects, she actually succeed to reverse at its best the concept of ready-made art. Brilliant.
Images © Sophia Hulten