Concerning the Discernment of Meaning (after Robert Rauschenberg’s This is a Portrait of Iris Clert If I Say So)

Invested in that which makes meaning through declaration this work takes as its beginning point an art historical event masquerading both as joke and as coverup of a lack of time. Rauschenberg’s piece arose supposedly because he had forgotten and had run out of time while working on another show. He created a beautifully conceptual portrait and so in a follow up I question the (I) that makes possible that declaration of artistic intent as it allies itself with a separation of material and ethereal (concept). How does conceptual art allow us to think more about our bodymind?