Morphogenesis V – Sculpture by Addé 2018
When Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) wrote “sur la question de la forme” (on the matter of form) in 1912, he stated “there is no problem of form” based on the fundamental axiom according to which “the form is the external expression of the inner contents”.
A quite debatable statement though, yet dating from 1912!
Since then, a lot of water has flowed under the bridge, many artists have brought propositions, tearing down barriers, until the form disappeared in favour of the content itself.
Therefore, if the duality form/ contents was axiomatic, when the form is no more, has ceased to be, is expired and gone to meet its maker, then remains the sole content.
For example, aquariophilia is not about the aquaria themselves, but a metonymic designation of the contents, fish.
It is not the object containing, but the content which matters.
Metonymic indeed, when a Rodin, a Warhol, design a work by, not the artist himself.
Then, when the “accumulations” are presented, the form is gone not for the benefit of “what is inside” but the content itself which is named after what it is, not by the author’s name.
As a matter of fact, the matter of form has reached an end, has vanished, and, therefore, may start anew, from a theoretical point, with a drastic question: what is form?
Architecture is a permanent dilemma between the form and the content, yet the most remarquable constructions might be regarded as sculptures, the content of which is somehow adapted to functions.