When Attitudes Become Form

When Attitudes Become Form, 1969

The Process Art movement of the 1960s and 1970s suggested a different way of thinking about art. When Attitudes Become Form was the first major showing of the works of these artists.

Process Art, like happenings, focused on the event and not the object, by staging works in a way that drew attention to the labour of making and setting up, and asking those in the gallery to think about their own physical processes of attending and viewing.

"Process Art places its emphasis on the process and act of artistic creation rather than the actual finished work that comes out of it. ... it became a way to marry the conceptual with the physical, bodily realities of working in the studio, and pull back the curtain on the process itself."

"Fluidity, flexibility, and a rejection of artistic orthodoxies were not just critical when it came to the artists' concepts and materials; it also applied to the way the art was supposed to be displayed. This was not art for the pedestal, but rather for the floor, the corner, or, hanging droopily, from the wall."

When Attitudes Become Form, restaged 2013

The staging of this show also drew attention to the ironies of anti-formal art, conceding that in the pursuit of process, objects were often the outcome. The restaging of the show in 2013 suggests that the "when" of When Attitudes Become Form is an independently forkable element.

Or is time itself at the heart of all forking?

Also for reflection in relation to federated wiki: "Process artists forcefully rejected certain aspects of Minimalist art, turning their backs on its impersonal erasure of the hand of the artist, its immovability, and its celebration of carefully composed forms."

From Artspace link

Hand Catching Lead is a short film made by Richard Serra in 1968. Serra was part of the Process Art movement.