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A state of passionate detachment
Charles Gaines by way of conclusion
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The entire career of Charles Gaines has been dedicated to resisting or attempting to circumvent subjectivity. The political referent emerged in his work not as a means to represent himself or his political persuasion, but as a way to examine the relation of the poetic syntax of visual language to subject matter. Conceived as an anti-subjective and therefore an anti-idenitiarian mechanism, in many ways, Conceptual Art came to epitomise a Left-leaning outlook within the history of art, despite the many challenges to its claims. Aiming to intervene into the structure of art's meaning, Conceptual artists attempted to undo foundational categories of what constitutes artmaking. For Leslie Dick, meaning is not inherent to the structure, but rather a function of interpretation that we should endlessly perform, as she put it, "in a state of passionate detachment".

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