- Objections/Conjectures or "Slap a Bumper Sticker on Me" and pretend it's the same as an opinion
- February 2nd, 2008
Cue rant: and it will be a rant so don't read if you don't want the rant.
"If Willem DeKooning paints his house should anyone give a damn?"
Probably not. Will they, yes, if only to be contrary to my opinion. Is the hand of someone who is considered a great artist golden? Does absolutely everything they touch become 'art'?
So if DeKooning paints a toilet set in the manner of Jackson Pollock is it art? Was he making real art at the time? Yes. Yes he was. Was it a spur of the moment thing? Yes. Is this kinda a stupid conversation? Hell yes.
The man painted a toilet seat for his outhouse. If anything this says something about his level of regard for Pollock more than anything. Painting in the manner of a acquaintance on something you're going to shit on seems hardly complimentary. I actually accosted my painting teacher Kim in the hall before I hit on that particular thought. Kim agreed that was in line with what DeKooning thought of Pollock. "He thought Pollock couldn't paint."
If any artist paints his house with a spray gun is it still art? Is something we do unintentionally have the possibility of become art tens or thousands of years in the future?
Admittedly they knock the commercial arts, all of these fine artists. Well not all, but enough. Our messages are too easy to read, they don't take brains, just eyesite. Well my dearies if you look in any history book and look beyond the scope of years, deeper and deeper we are what remain to make a civilization. It's the craftsmen, the designers and the architects who are preserved in time. We have roman pots and samurai swords and screen paintings of geishas that were sold as prints. We have belt buckles and jewelery and books and ideas and things made so they could be straight forward and understood, yet still carry on it time. I don't understand how anyone could knock something, a field that has such far reaching powers of communication.
Communication that is one of the most valued things in any field or profession. ... and the knock us for being able to present things clearly and make them desired? It just doesn't make sense.
Back to the subject of art as simply a matter. And what can be considered it, DeKooning's toilets do not count in my book, however I may count them among amusing black puns now that I have arrived at that other place in my mind. heh.
We were discussing in the same class that the matter of the toilets came up that art has a lot to do with intent and what the limits of that intent are. Are they social decency? Often not it seems from several of the examples that came up. For instance, a man who vomits on art works that are considered master pieces, but that he doesn't like. So far this fecund piece of humanity has hit two, both abstract pieces, one of which a Modrian.What makes him think he has the right to behave like this?
Society has parameters and occaisionaly they must be broken for reform. But art cannot come from the malicious intent of boors like this. It's not art, it's simply destruction and degradation and ignorance and stupidity at it's height. It is like a high school emo-boy blogging maliciously. It's as if all the things we tried to leave behind as we as a world stepped deeper into social reforms are being channeled into new outlets. Humanity doesn't get better or kinder they simply find different outlets to be the same as always. Don't like a people kill them, don't like an idea then step on it.
Don't like the art fine. But that does not give you the right to destroy or change it. It isn't yours you jackass.
Really, where I'm from we don't call that performance art. We call it being an asshole.