Destruction for Construction's sake is my message. Watch the fire of destruction transforming the mass media message of endless, infernal warfare into ashes of purity. The construction is carried out in the slow motion of a ritual dance. I fill the black powder of burnt war newspaper clippings, transforming it into shiny, opalescent rectangular containers of purity-ashes. The seal: Scotch tape; the super seal: green Day- Glo; the achieved Peace-Object: an icon of anti-war-belief - the reality of a thing.
When the Destruction-Scene of fire -- the smashing of the figurines which are the symbols of destroyed life -- stops, leaving ashes and destroyed plastic elements, the left-overs of CDC events, the construction of Peace Objects is the result of the event. Peace-Objects remain as a new kind of sculpture. Voodoo icons, magic anti-destruction things the Peace-Object is a thing of hope.
Construction-Destruction-Construction is based on positive thinking and hope, whereas the art of alienation, the . complete negation of emotion, has an inner hopelessness and basic frustration of feeling. Feeling and emotions are denied. Like science fiction, the destruction idea of minimal art deals with icy cold ideas and, even though they look aesthetically cool, they are nevertheless Destruction Art.
To quote from a story, - "Stone Place," from Science Fiction Magazine of March 1965, "Those who gathered in Stone Place were not men and they gave nothing a name; they hoped nothing, feared nothing, wondered at nothing. They had no pride and no regret, but they had plans - a billion subtleties, carved from electrical pressure and flow - and their built-in purpose toward which their planning circuits moved. As if by instinct, the berserker machines had formed themselves into a fleet, when the time was ripe, when this eternal enemy, "Life," had begun to mass its strength."
In Construction-Destruction-Construction, "Life" is neither destroyed nor feared. Hopelessness is denied, Peace is the goal, and destruction actions are only used as transformational means to create new forms of art.