Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven
Chairs with HeadNurse motive, 2005
"I re-upholstered 2 armchairs and 4 plain chairs of my grandmother in fabric with HeadNurse imagery.
Charles Baudelaire shouts the 2nd half of the 19th century: "Le Satanisme a gagné!” and opens dead-tired the gates for Modernism as we know it. Simulteneously in North America Pragmatism is born, a materialistic philosophy of the New World of which Richard Rorty will become, in 1979, the most extreme beholder.
1915: in Moscow Suprematism started with The Black Square of Kazimir Malevitsj. At the same time in France-USA there is The Big Glass of Duchamp, transparent, double-sided, never finished. Broken, it became an icon.
1966: in New York Barnett Newman shows: Who's afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue. Abstract Expressionism.
January 2004: in Ghent my interactive work Rorty The Headroom the last work of my HeadNurse-cycle, dealt with all these -isms, in particular with all the fearful esteems for symptotic spiritual creatures which mainly reflect wrong balanced organic structures.
Where Descartes spoke about Suprematism of reason over feelings, Rorty had his view on Suprematism of reality over perception. And what about the digital?" — AMVK