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Sun, Jan. 18th, 2009 08:37 am
Art decade

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pay_option07
pay_option07
Mon, Jan. 19th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
gallery with Mai

With all the marvels of miniaturized printed matter you good have it all printed out on a grains of rice to fill a large pickle jar or a emblazoned Grecian Urn with those swarthy wrestler types on it . It might be perceived as arrogant or sarcastic though lunatic might fit as well. How are we like Susan Sontag's "Against Interpretation"

Content is a glimpse of something, an encounter like a flash. It's very tiny--very tiny, content.

-WILLEM DE KOONING, in an interview

It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
-OSCAR WILDE, in a letter

"None of us can every retrieve that innocence before all theory when art knew no need to justify itself, when one did not ask of a work of art what it said because one knew (or thought one knew) what it did. For now to the end of consciousness, we are stuck with the task of defending art. We can only quarrel with one or another means of defense. Indeed, we have an obligation to overthrow any means of defending and justifying art which becomes particularly obtuse or onerous or insensitive to contemporary needs and practice."

Nic, have you become less innocent and more theoretical/cold about your performance pieces?

http://www.cis.vt.edu/modernworld/d/sontag.html



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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Jan. 19th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
Re: gallery with Mai

I would disagree with the last phrase of Sontag's Against Interpretation:

In place of a hermeneutics we need an erotics of art.

We don't need to make it an either/or, we can make it an and/and.

Love, you see, is the end of art. In both senses of the word "end". Art begins in the erotics of the unconscious, becomes art, but then ends (completes and finishes itself) when it becomes erotics once more, full circle. Art is what happens between that beginning and that end. It must contain both hermeneutics and erotics. That's why, in my May show, I'm playing an art critic who is also a lover.


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