The Black Slate project will be the final art project of Case Greenfield. It will be the longest running project of Case. It started in 2021, and it will end on the day he dies … finalized or not. Let’s hope, that will take some thirty years, or more. The year 2050 or later would be okay.
The project aims to demonstrate that there is an end to everything, despite what we sometimes hope. “Memento mori“, so to say. Many people get sad feelings, when we think of death. But actually, Memento Mori has a positive side. Exactly, because everything ends one day, we are forced to live now: Carpe Diem!
The name of the project, obviously, refers to the first art project of Case, Blank Slate. But also, the project is inspired by Kazimir Malevich’s iconic painting Black Square. The work is “frequently invoked by critics, historians, curators, and artists as the zero point of painting, referring to the painting’s historical significance and paraphrasing Malevich”.
“The larger and more universal leap forward represented by the Black Square painting is the break between representational painting and abstract painting.”
[“(…) from zero, in zero, that the true movement of being begins, (…) transformed in the zero of form and emerged from nothing to creation to the new realism in painting – to non-objective creation, (…) meant to evoke the experience of pure non-objectivity in the white emptiness of a liberated nothing (…)”]
Similar to Black Square, the Black Slate art project aims to represent the break between current and future art. No small ambition.