Kintsugi and Marcel Duchamp.
As the banners here at BetterWall are hung outdoors to advertise exhibits, they are exposed to the elements and may have slight signs of wear. Though we always make sure only the finest specimens are sent to our customers, a little scuff only adds to its authenticity and character — yes? Nirvana’s scruff to Devo’s sheen — both have their merits. We’ve all seen the artificial weathering of clothing over the years as a marketing tool, however, there is nothing like a genuinely worn pair of jeans. Even a scratch on vinyl, and the skip it creates, tells you it’s yours. This got me to thinking about Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repair, and the Dadaism of Marcel Duchamp.
Actually I stumbled upon this concept on Wikipedia, so I’ll just go with the definition I found there:
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer resin dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
And then I got to contemplating Duchamp’s “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even” aka “The Large Glass”, which lives at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The story goes that during transport the glass shattered. Marcel, apparently an iconoclast even when it came to his own work, liked the resulting patterns, and decided against repair; much of the Dadaist philosophy being rooted in chance.
And coincident to writing this, and yet another rock’n’roll reference, indie group, Death Cab for Cutie have just announced they are releasing an album called “Kintsugi” this March.
An example of "Golden Joinery"
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