Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Marcel Duchamp - The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even
While this piece is notoriously abstract, I think Duchamp has done an excellent job of evoking a sense of movement and energy in this piece without implying any discernible objective forms. The cracks in the glass provide the viewer with lines which seems to travel diagonally from right to left across the top of the first frame and vice versa in the bottom, implying both a sense of motion as well as potentially the passage of time. This is reinforced by the varied repetition of the cones in the bottom panel, which like multiple-exposure photographs evoke the sense of a figure rotating through space and time.