The Creative Act
The Creative Act is an expression of concepts associated with those presented by Umberto Eco in his 1962 essay 'The Open Work'. With this in mind it postulates upon the nature of any given text or artwork, and subsequent interpretation - where is meaning located exactly? In the work, or in the mind of the viewer? Where does the artwork begin? And where does it end? Like ideas were addressed by Roland Barthes, notably in his 1967 essay 'The Death of the Author', and, following this in his 1987 essay 'On Reading.'
Five statements exist in the work. Through the scrambling of these texts, and the viewer's attempts to decipher them, a theatrical element arises, with viewers involuntarily performing a theatre of sorts, in multiple acts, as they engage with the work. Fittingly, the title of the work is taken from Duchamp's quote 'The creative act is not performed by the artist alone.'
The Creative Act, 2013; Scrabble tiles, five statements, Dimensions variable.