Works of the Artists Done Prior to Forming Linde Ludeña Sierra(top)
Manuel Ludeña/Santiago Sierra
Mixed Media, 1987
During the last 2 years at the art academy, Manuel Ludeņa and Santiago Sierra turn in joint projects as their works. They also turn in a joint project for their final exam piece. This had never happened before at the academy and resulted in a different grade for each artist. This installation is made from waste materials found at the art academy in Madrid.
Cherry wood, 170 x 80 x 30 cm, 1987
Wood beams had been cut out from a cherry tree trunk with an axe. The intended result had been beams with straight sides, in order to emphasize the rough wood structure over the minimal form of a straight beam. This intention had failed: the final shape came out to be irregularly twisted. But the work became a success in another way: The form of the sculpture was a consequence of both the intended action and the inner properties of the material. This occurence has marked the start of a conscious search for what happens when abstract concepts are applied in reality, and therefore the beginning of Dirty Minimal.