Creative destruction performance art by Keyvan Shovir


Imagine five days before opening an art exhibition.curator is working with artists and perpetrators.gallery staff is sending invitations and advertising for the show. Suddenly BAM!!!

One of the three ceramic sculptures just fell on the floor and broke into pieces. Luckily the artist accidentally smashes the Art. And quickly, artist and curators started to see this installation with different new meanings with a slight edit in their art statement. Suddenly the gallery owner walks out from her office and says this work now is more powerful and meaning full. I like it this way!

This was the best-case scenario of an accident during installation. The accident becomes a part of “creative progress.”

But what if the artwork damaged by an art preparator or audience?

In this case, the preparators can lose their job if they drop the sculpture.

Imagine an art handler touches a print without white gloves and leaves the fingerprint mark on artwork.

Or imagine artist leaves fingerprint marks print or canvas. Perhaps it will become a way to Identify the originality of artwork, and it will add value to the work.

I worked as a preparator with most of the galleries and museums in the Bay area, and I always ask my supervisors that what happens if I drop the artwork or accidentally damage them. However, I never get a clear answer, and always this question freaking them out.

Although Some times, artwork can damage people, and in some cases, can kill people. A deadly artwork!

For instance, In November 1971, Richard Serra’s “Sculpture No. 3” killed 34-year-old Raymond Johnson at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The artwork crushed Raymond Johnson to death when a two-ton steel plate toppled over on him.