PENNY McCARTHY

AURA (use is preservation)

I have been making a series of works under the collective title of Aura (use is preservation). Some of these works are posted here and I intend to update this from time to time. 

You will see from these images my works in this series have often failed in the sense of being counterfeits of the real thing. This was brought into focus when I visited the archive of Walter Benjamin’s work at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.  

Walter Benjamin’s handwritten note on the concept of aura is held in the archive. His initial conception of aura is written on a sheet of paper imprinted with an advert for San Pellegrino mineral water.  Here the idea of the aura of objects is elaborated in a way that exemplifies the point that Benjamin was himself exploring.

I have written about this project here.

Was ist aura? The original by Penny McCarthy
Was ist aura? The original
Was ist aura? - Drawing and copy by Penny McCarthy
Was ist aura? (with copy)
Reverse of Was ist aura? (right) with copy - by Penny McCarty
Reverse of Was ist aura? (right) with copy
Was ist aura? (pad) by Penny McCarty
Was ist aura? ( waiter’s pad)
Was ist aura? (waiter's pad) by Penny McCarthy
Was ist aura? (waiter’s pad)

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