Sometimes Making Something Leads to Nothing

Mexico City 1997.
Paradox of Praxis 1.

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“A settling of accounts with minimalist sculpture.”

Paradox of Praxis 1 (1997) is the record of an action carried out under the rubric of “sometimes making something leads to nothing.” For more than nine hours, Alÿs pushed a block of ice through the streets of Mexico City until it completely melted. And so for hour after hour he struggled with the quintessentially Minimal rectangular block until finally it was reduced to no more than an ice cube suitable for a whisky on the rocks, so small that he could casually kick it along the street.

 

©Francis Alÿs

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