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1376985.  Wed Mar 17, 2021 7:19 am Reply with quote

Erased drawings/writings can be quite interesting.

Robert Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing is exactly what it sounds like. In 1953 the artist approached his friend Willem de Kooning, whom he greatly admired, and asked for one of his drawings to erase. De Kooning reluctantly agreed and the rest is history.

No photographs exist of the original de Kooning work before its erasure, but in 2010 the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art used digital imaging to enhance the remaining traces of the underlying drawing.

If only my erased drawings could go for $21,000!

1376997.  Wed Mar 17, 2021 10:14 am Reply with quote

I have never heard of anything so colossally stupid in all my born days! It's sh*te like this that gives modern art a bad name. If anyone knows who paid actual money for this cr*p, I have a tin of beans and a few public landmarks for sale...

1377002.  Wed Mar 17, 2021 10:57 am Reply with quote

Erasure poems are quite good fun. You can take any piece of text and make a poem out of erasing parts of it. I did one myself, that was published online so I am happy to reproduce it here:


Restore the course of the world,
orderly and peaceful,
gracious, magnificent.

Celebrate men and women,
mothers and children,
young and beautiful students
with strength and confidence.
Friendship and goodwill –
let it shine.

When you open your heart
there is no room for prejudice.
How good and pleasant it is
when people live together in unity.
Whether we are black or brown or white,
we all bleed the same red blood;
a child in the urban sprawl of Detroit
or the windswept plains of Nebraska
look up at the same night sky,
they fill their heart with the same dreams,
and they are infused with the breath of life.

Hear these words:
Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams,
courage and goodness and love
will forever guide us along the way.

This is an erasure poem, using the words of Donald Trump’s inaugural address in January 2017 but erasing words to form a new construct. I used the words in the same order they appeared in the original text but I think you'll agree that the effect is quite different.

Published on March 20th 2017.


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