This painting was created while the canvas was spinning and is intended to be viewed at 3 revolutions per second. This can be achieved by pressing a big red button to the left of the work, which is ultimately anticlimactic.
Artist: Alfons Schilling
Title: UNTITLED (ÁNDROMEDA) SPIN-PAINTING
Location: Walker Art Center
Size: diameter 90.125 inches, 2 inches deep
Materials: black pigment in acrylic resin, gesso on paper mounted on canvas, electric motor
So, this guy stole another person's idea for spin art, and only changed it in the sense that he worked vertically instead of horizontally. It's like those spin art toys, except it's mounted on a wall and you have to watch it spin to get the full effect. In addition to the effect of the art as it spins being completely underwhelming, it's also extremely hard to approach the big red button that controls it, because the guards at the Walker Art Center get paranoid if you get too close to the work. I still don't buy it as "art." He's like the Picasso of spin art, someone else came up with a new idea and designed this motor specifically to create spin art and he stole it and adapted it for his own work. Also, he only made work like this. I just can't accept this as art, it's easy to make, easy to reproduce, centrifugal motion creates interest in the piece and the artist doesn't even have to make an effort. It's art from the sixties and all abstract but I don't see any point in it. What makes me even more angry is that he admitted the canvas was spinning much too fast to even know what the painting looked like while he was working.