Why am I up in the middle of the night thinking about this? I don't
know if you can prove a direct influence, but there is at least a
discourse that may have "begun" with Duchamp. What if, like lit crit
types, you toss out the whole notion of the "author" and instead
think in terms of "intertextuality?" Then you can't help thinking of
Duchamp when you look at Ebendorf et al.
I so wish I could explain this simply for those of you who haven't
been drenched in this stuff, but it's like nobody actually originates
anything, it all sort of emerges--and all the things we take for
granted, like "origins," become problematic--which is why I use so
many quotation marks. (The French have a better way of doing it, by
keeping the word, but crossing it out at the same time.) I know, it
sounds crazy, but it actually can make you question things you've
always taken for granted. Just as Duchamp's urinal was meant to do.
Yes, I think of Cornell, too, when I look at Ebendorf et al. But who
is the chicken and who is the egg? The concept of an assisted
ready-made seems as integral (of course, I'm slipping out of that
discourse by even using such a term) to "contemporary art jewelry" as
does assemblage. And isn't it part of the same discourse? (One I have
complained about bitterly...since I'm a femme decorative artist at
heart, not the edgy post-structuralist I once tried to be).
So much for dredging up my two-decades-old graduate school education
after midnight. I can't believe I once read all that stuff and
actually seemed to understand it. I no longer even understand the
papers I wrote myself...
Fort Bragg, CA