Why do people get so idealistic about art work anyways? The safe academic
forms which i see as the new academy, that replaced the old one the moderns
waged a ware against are safe forms that get you into grad school. You have
to concern yourself with what is important to you and your abilities to
understand it. TO be natural about it I suppose Art is for many just
something to wile away the time and share with friends but rarely about
lofty ideals to make important statements about your life and/or times. most
art including both the new academy forms and art informal/ povera is
recyclable. Lord Thompson bought "Massacre of the Innocents" by Peter Paul
Rubens for 100 million and donated it to the Ontario Meus. ( a tax off no
doubt). So what? it like graffiti gets recycled out of its time at a huge
disparity in values. Their meanings get lost in street labels and historical
stylistic importance or monetary value. Real graffiti like the massacre of
the innocents is more important in its time then white trash drunk art or
Maybe some web art is e-white trash art, not worth consuming or wasting time
in mentioning, but if you keep working it it just might dig up a few
diamonds of insight reflecting these times.. I think it is more important
that artists get a life, then do art about it or the world through their
original voice/ web site.
the remax man sold my leaky condo
>If life is creativity and creativity is life, it cannot be sculpted,
>molded, qualified or quantified. Life and creativity cannot be art because
>they cannot be curated nor collected. Art is the attempt to apprehend the
>unattainable. It is a failure that some make it look
>more fabulously than others.
>conceptualism and beuys aside, i think the reason people get all stuck-up
>on nomenclature (art, creativity, life, objects, anti-art, social
>dialogue/sculpture) has less to do with media discrepancies/variabilities
>and more to do with moral opinions of worth. if an artist seeks to attain
>personal enlightenment through her art, is that a worthy thing? if an
>artist attempts to apprehend the unattainable, is that a worthy thing? if
>an artist recontextualizes a social action as art, is that a worthy thing?
>are social/political actions of any worth to begin with? is rearing a
>child of any worth? so then is rearing a child art?
>more interesting to me lately -- if art falls in the forest, does it make a
>sound? for every howard finster southern folk artist who gets some
>limelight and some gallery time, there are thousands of people down here
>welding funky yard art that only the residents of their particular cove
>ever see. i have a friend in the midwest who does insane graffiti art on
>old cars. then he and his friends get together and trash the cars. he
>takes pictures of this stuff and emails it out to like ten people. one
>time his friend accidentally punched his hand through a glass window while
>doing this, and they took pictures of that.
>to me, that's cool. it's just normal people making cool stuff. is it
>performance art, an installation, videography, found objects? they don't
>care about any of that. they are making cool stuff. It's not the same as
>raising a kid, which is a beautiful, valuable thing that does require great
>creativity. but rearing a kid is just doing something along the allotted
>path of life. To do it well is like fine craftsmanship.
>"We have no art," say the Balinese: "we do everything as well as possible."
>Which is great, but spray painting a VW bus and then trashing it is not
>really along the allotted path of life. That's a different kind of
>"unnecessary" activity that seems more like "art" to me.
>I don't have it all figured out, but I will say this: There is so much
>mediocre crap happening in the net art scene, it's hilarious (or sad). I
>get these press releases, and visit these sites, and there's just nothing
>to them. Strip away the theory and the
>"i'm-in-dialogue-with-this-current-thing-happening," and the work itself is
>just blank and contrived.
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