THE AESTHETICS OF DECOMPOSITION: “THAT "BEAUTY ZONE" WHERE THERE IS AN OPTIMAL MIX OF ORDER AND DISORDER”
Fellow blogger Nannus (Andreas Keller nick name) - see his blog Asifoscope - found my Lacer/actions pages and wrote some interesting comments about my works which represents, as you know, torn and decomposed publicity posters and urban tokens. I'm pleased to share his precious thoughts concerning the concepts of decomposition, art and beauty.
If you had told me that (Lacer/actions) is art from the 1950s "Informel" school of art or Sam Francis or anything like this, I would have believed it :-) Incredibly beautiful!
Human-made things are often structured in an orderly fashion. On decomposing, disorder is being added. At some point, this process reaches a stage of just the right mixture of order and disorder for our perception to create the experience of beauty. This also happens on the decomposition of organisms (like leafs, for example). There is an aesthetics of decomposition as a result.
One addendum to my previous comment: part of the order may comes from the decomposition process itself, so while the original, human-made order is destroyed, temporarily the object might go through a stage with some decomposition-caused order, e.g. a network of cracks forming some fractal pattern that has random properties but also some kind of regularity (examples in some of these Roberto Alborghetti Canvases ). At some point, the object moves through a "beauty zone", where there is an optimal mix of order and disorder.
It is stunning how the results resemble art styles like Abstract Impressionism, Informel and the like.
Nannus theoretical musings about this topic can be found here: http://asifoscope.org/2012/11/25/393/