Vincenzo Fiore Marrese

Artistic Research

Aesthetic Regulations

work in progress


"Aesthetic Regulations" is an art installation of three objects. Refusing the idea of creating the objects themselves, showing a craftspeople's skill, I developed the artwork by assembling two existing things. I put these two things "in contrast" as function and essence. I used a slice of decorative wood bought in a DIY store and police barricade tape. Indeed, the purpose of the wood is to look pretty, and the barricade tape aims to give a warning related to police officers' activity. The idea of "contrast" comes after the visual practice used to develop pictures in the traditional Western way. The work is about the departure of the aesthetic from art after the conceptual turn of the sixties. The word "regulations" has a political reference. Indeed, art is nowadays closer to ethics rather than aesthetics.