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In 2009, KALEIDOSCOPE published an article entitled “Surface Tension” by art critic Jörg Heiser that exposed Minimalism’s inner contradictions and critical controversy—the infamous macho way and “rhetoric of power” inherent to the industrial, glacial forms created by Judd & co. What that article also revealed, and what originates the visual research behind this mood board, was Minimalism’s freakish twist on sensuous materials and volumes, sleek surfaces, color combinations, transparencies and light reflections—in other words, the same “finish fetish” that gave its name to the West Coast gang of Minimalist artists who translated the obsessive-compulsive sensibility to detail of custom car and surfboard maniacs into the practice of sculpture. The following gallery—itself assembled with a superficial Internet-surfing-based, Google Image mode—expands this idea outside of Minimalism, informally and non-ideologically, to works spanning from Light and Space, Op Art, abstract painting, product design and far beyond, which are equally revelatory of this (and my own) cerebral, even psychedelic lust for form. These are (specific and non-) objects and images that you want to smell, lick, touch and cum on. Here, they are maliciously juxtaposed to works of painting, photography and illustration that depict the female body in a highly sexualized and graphic way—originating a short circuit between object-sexuality and sexual objectification. In this tension towards the object of desire, there’s some inevitable (Catholic?) guilt at play. It’s an old story, the oldest of all—from the red shiny surface of the forbidden apple, all the way to Cupertino, where our experience of consumption is being forever redesigned.

“If you leave me here, I’m gonna drown.
I’m gonna drown, and all you’ll find is this shitty old board.”



Alessio Ascari is KALEIDOSCOPE's Founder and Editor-in-Chief.

Images:
Nobuo Sekine, Phase No.9, 1968/2013, Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo
Robert Longo, Untitled (Phoenix), 2005, Courtesy of the artist , and Metro Pictures, New York
Hans Feurer, French Vogue, 2011
Marc Newson, Lockheed Lounge, 1986
Richard Phillips, Sasha II, 2012, Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery
Torbjørn Rødland, Red Pump, 2014–15, Courtesy of the artist and Algus Greenspon, New York
Alex Israel, Lens (Yellow), 2015, Courtesy of the artist and Almine Rech Gallery, Paris/London/Brussels
Hajime Sorayama, Untitled_Pool, 1991, Courtesy of the artist and Nanzuka, Tokyo
Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, 1962
Kaspar Müller, After Julian Opie (Yellow), 2013, Courtesy of the artist and Federico Vavassori, Milan, Photo credit: Alessandro Zambianchi
Elad Lassry, Woman (Blue Headpiece), 2012, Courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Frank Benson, Untitled (Apple), 2010, Courtesy of the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London
Gerwald Rockenschaub, GR11OB01, 2011, Courtesy of the artist and Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Photo credit: Jan Windszus
Sven Lukin, Snug, 1968–2010, Courtesy of the artist
Julio Le Parc, Variations Autour de La Longue Marche, 2015, Hermès Editeur
Greg Parma Smith, Poseurs 5, 2011, Courtesy of the artist and David Lewis, New York
Donna Huanca & Przemek Pyszscek: Muscle Memory, performance view at Peres Projects, Berlin
Allen Jones & Brian Duffy, Black Latex, Pirelli Calendar, 1973
Guido Mocafico, Trimeresurus Stejnegeri, from Serpens, 2003
Joe Bradley, JJ Ram, 2014, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich Photo credit: Stefan Altenburger
Ugo Rondinone, DREIUNDZWANZIGSTERMÄRZZWEITAUSENDUNDDREIZEHN, 2013, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Photo credit: Stefan Altenburger
Mathew Cerletty, Girlfriend, 2013, Courtesy of the artist and Algus Greenspon, New York
Craig Kaufmann, Untitled, 1967, Courtesy of Pace Gallery, New York
Vanessa Beecroft, VB 55 Neue National Galerie, Berlin, 2005, Photo credit Nic Tenwiggenhorn © 2005
Kenro Izu, Still Life #653, 1998 © Kenro Izu and Howard Greenberg Gallery
Max Farago, Untitled, 2012, Courtesy of the artist
Victor Vasarely, Takat, 1980
Peter Halley, Revival, 2012, Courtesy of the artist
Roni Horn, Well and Truly (detail), 2009–2010, Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth, Zurich/London/New York
Ryan McGinley, Astral (Lagoon)​, ​2013, Courtesy of the artist and Team Gallery, New York
David Benjamin Sherry, Spirit Infinity, Death Valley, California, 2014, 2014, Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York
Greg Bogin, Sunny disposition (oasis II), 2015, Courtesy of the artist and Marlborough Chelsea, New York
Jean-Paul Goude, Carolina Beaumont, New York, 1976
Nicholas Krushenick, Navy Lite, 1967, Courtesy the Estate of Nicholas Krushenick and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York
Sam Samore, Eye Diptych (#1) (detail), 2012, Courtesy of the artist and Team Gallery, New York
Mel Ramos, Miss Snickers, 2004
Dadamaino, Volume, 1960