A followup to my last post (as I am sitting here alone in my post
studio studio wrapping up a new digital artwork for an upcoming
affordable art exhibit). If I were to choose three artists whose
work I am most influenced by (in spirit at any rate), they would all
be modernist painters: Klee, Morandi and Dubuffet.
On Jan 12, 2007, at 9:30 AM, Jason Van Anden wrote:
> Art is an institution based upon perceived value - for the most
> part it is an elitist hobby defined by the leisure classes. The
> relationship between the artist and the collector is a dance of
> actualization - the artist attempts to fulfill a wish to be
> witnessed, the collector wishes to actualize themselves by
> possessing art. Old media is easy to possess ... plus it has a
> long sexy back story and thus it is more in demand and thus it is
> worth more and thus it is better supported and so it goes. New
> media (digital work?) ... not so much history ... plus it seems to
> violate the possession part of the contract.
> I suspect with time this will work itself out - and some of the
> ArtBase work will seem more significant, eventually.
> Like Annie, I am curious about what you like from the last 12 years.
> Jason Van Anden
> On Jan 12, 2007, at 7:25 AM, anniea wrote:
>> dear Eric
>> Could you name these significant paintings, photos and
>> installations made in the last 12 years?
>> Opening the doors to self publishing and networked visual
>> expression might not have produced great images and text (but
>> that's in for discussion also), but it has produced new
>> communication spaces and very significant volatile interactions.
>> It is contributing every day to giving people air in a totally by
>> economics determined world, that only interacts with them on a
>> customized base and accustoms them to being treated as databases.
>> Eric, if you want me to take you serious, you should start to give
>> precise critics on works you don't think meeting the standards you
>> would like to use.
>> yours Annie
>> On 1/12/07, firstname.lastname@example.org
> wrote: Why is
>> New Media Art so insignificant?
>> I have been going over the last 12 years of New Media
>> works trying to find a significant work of art and I
>> have come up empty. Not lost however, and that is a positive
>> thing. This
>> failure isn't true of Painting, Photography,
>> Installation Art. Those media have all produced
>> memorable works.
>> Film and Video have flourished as well ( I think that
>> helps explain the flood of videos by new media
>> artists), but the use of new media for visual
>> expression is sadly on the last bench of the stadium.
>> Even the so-called success of electronic literature
>> pales when compared with the interesting work created
>> in the printed media.
>> It doesn't make sense at first.
>> Opening the doors to self publishing and networked
>> visual expression should have produced great images and
>> text by now, but it hasn't.
>> Whats wrong?
>> I think there is a strange attractor act work here.
>> Works that go through the pain and prejudice of the
>> existing mandated mechanisms actually come out the better for it.
>> There is rigor and self-criticism that is sorely
>> lacking in networked publishing and visual expression in
>> For me to acknowledge this is blasphemy in many ways.
>> I was an early proponent of the creative commons (see
>> Leonardo, Vol. 31, No. 4 (1998), pp. 297-298).
>> Is a culture important when it concerns
>> itself with determining what works contain quality and depth and
>> as a necessary filter to keep out those works that deserve to
>> fail? Well,
>> no more lazy art. No More easy graphics.
>> If New Media wants to grow up, then it has to set some
>> rigorous standards and demand that the work ACTUALLY be
>> culturally significant on a broad scale. Self indulgence is fun,
>> but it's
>> lazy and middling, and stupid.
>> My avatar died last month, send condolences to Dymes Mulberry on
>> Life. Eric
>> 17-24 Jan. "wat is angst, waarom bang zijn, waarvoor vrezen" and
>> a new version of "rassur" for "Oog" the internet art page of "de
>> Volkskrant", a Dutch national news paper. http://