DIY Anti-Art

Fluxus Wallpaper

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The Fluxus movement aimed to destroy the boundaries between life and art. Originally coined Neo-Dada, Fluxus founder George Maciunas sought to fuse all aspects of contemporary culture into an avant-garde movement that would effectively be anti-art.  While the central goal to debunk the bourgeoisie notion that art can be defined, categorized and valued mimics that of Dada, Fluxus benefited from increased technology as a means to build upon and disseminate their ideas and practices more effectively than its 20th century predecessor.  Furthermore, the ideas of John Cage and his experimental music of the 1950s greatly influenced Fluxus artists as it emphasized the process of creation as being just as, if not more, important than the actual creation of an object. 

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It is within this context the present lots, two sets of screen-printed wallpaper panels, serve as an interesting example of Fluxus art.  While believed to be the designs of John M. Armleder or George Maciunas himself, these panels transcend into the realm of design based on their intended purpose, which by nature renders them to a degree ‘anti-art’.  These panels also bestow a sense of artistic ownership to the individual as it is he or she that must arrange, configure, and apply them to their space.  As Fluxus places no rules or restrictions on its artists or spectators, the individual becomes part of the artistic process.  

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