What is Essays?
Essays is a film series that explores the possibilities of an art analysis that goes beyond its traditional form, namely, the written word. It aims to establish a visual style, and a structural scheme, all while exploring different mediums. Each film focuses on an art piece: “Object to be Destroyed” by Man Ray, “Electric Chair” by Andy Warhol, and lastly, “Untitled Anthropometric” by Yves Klein.
Man Ray’s “Object to be Destroyed”, which seems to only be a metronome with an eye attached, is actually the object that regulated Ray’s brush strokes when painting. It was literally the heart of his paintings. One day he disagreed with the metronome and destroyed it with one quick blow. He later reintroduced it as a sculpture called “Object to be Destroyed”.