In 2005 FOAM/ArtRadius and Saksala ArtRadius organized a sculpture
symposium based on the theme reductive abstraction. During the last two
decades it seems that art has been attempting to give itself more content
by accumulation. Combinations of superfluous materials and styles have
lead to a redundant art. But this apparent development is only an aspect
of art as a whole. What is presented as contemporary or even avant-garde
is only that which has temporarily in the spotlights of the museums and
galleries. The marketing of art by too many fashion seeking art historians
and art promoters is continuously aimed at creating new trends. This would
not be so detrimental, if only they would realize that different art forms
have to exist next to each other in order to stimulate and nourish each
other. Letting the artists determine their development themselves seems to
be too much to ask.
ArtRadius, a global initiative, set up and supported by artists, will give
the wheel back to the artists - therefore seemingly forgotten movements in
art will be re-established and put back in the spotlight.
The development of art is parallel not serial.
Therefore we now attempt to aim the attention at a development which did not only
start during the Russian Revolution or the Stijl, but has been going on
much longer; already in the renaissance artists were searching for a
pragmatic, as well as scientific, approach to bypass emotional target
practice. So constructivists were not only the men and women around the first
decennium of the twentieth century.
MINUS SPACE, an online initiative presenting the best reductive,
concept-based art, formulates it very concisely:
"Reductive, concept-based work is generally characterized by its use of
plainspoken materials, monochromatic or limited color, geometry and
pattern, repetition and seriality, precise craftsmanship, and intellectual
Lucien den Arend, curator