The Revelation of Erasure

I found this reading to be quite enlightening. Thinking of erasure as a violent act seems exaggerated at first but when one thinks of it as taking away something that is old, the term seems more acceptable. The simple act of erasing gives the image a new meaning. Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing 1953 demonstrates the act of construction and then deconstruction through erasure and thus becomes its own work. The simplistic qualities of the final product after the removal can have a much greater meaning than the original image could’ve ever intended.


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