316. May 21st…Welcome to…. “The Art Soap Box” …..where everybody’s a critic…

“R.C. made me do it” 2010

“The belief that one’s own view of reality is the only reality is the most dangerous of all delusions.” – Paul Watzlawick

A friend of mine was kind enough to get me a subscription to “Art in America”….although I’m unclear if the magazine is a leading publication for the art world  or like many magazine….a great deal of really bad ads and a little about nothing….I perruse the magazine with great fervor usually the day I receive it …scrutinizing every painting…wondering what are “They” doing in New York….that I’m missing….I dissect each piece of art…re-assemble it….look for potential “Fits” and “Right” galleries….for my work….and always…I am disappointed…..

the reasons for this constant source of artistic disappointment are few but crucial….. 1. my geographic location is a huge issue in getting my work out there…..  2. my circle of critique and affiliations are not in New York…… London or L. A. thus opportunities are passing me by like cars in the carpool lane…..and…… 3. I am not yet bold enough to lay a few 2×4’s on the ground…cover them with small pieces of Duct Tape…pour precisely one cup of distilled water over them daily….develop a statement of intent….stand back and let the New York galleries fight over my artistic brilliance….

one of the feature stories in the May issue of Art in America is titled “Re-Creation” …..here is a link:  http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/features/robert-morris/

Fundementally…Robert Morris recreates…the Post Minimalist work titled “Scatter Piece”…a formulaic distribution of various metals…felt…and pieces of wood…strewn around the gallery…each randomly bent…..shaped….based on a series of minimally detailed drawings on a few pieces of graph paper…only my opinion mind you….but to revisit an installation that had little impact at it’s inception…ressurrecing it in hopes that the second coming will overshadow the original lack of intensity is absurd…..the artist when asked to install the exhibit refers it to the gallery director who…wooed by the possibilities…shows some reluctance…when detected…the artists says….”That she could ask a couple of eight year olds to take on the task“…….thus giving the impression to me that these same eight year olds…forgot to put their toys….back in the toy box…….

In a review of Tom Molloy’s work being shown at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum….the description of the work far exceeds the example shown to taut Molly’s Irish opinion of the United States dominance and global grab for control….the sample of his work (below) seems  like a high school geography project on plate tectonics…or asteroids…..where as the balance of the article and description of the work sound exhilerating…here is a link to the review: http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/tom-molloy/

I’m constantly stepping on and off of the artistic soap box….for many reasons…and frankly some of the work that galleries are carrying is easily questionable….and when artists are given kudos for work that an “eight year old “….could do…it only bolsters a false sense of  ability….and really raises the question of who can come up with the next idea that has no artistic ability what so ever first…..I’ve been to many openings where there on the floor is a cardboard box filled with newspaper…a title and some ridiculously over the top  description of the…..”true meaning of the work“…an equally insane price tag…and an artists wearing all black with nose high in the air…..thinking they have arrived….when in reality…the scenario went….oh shit I have an art show in 3 days….let’s see….I have abox…a bunch of news paper….”Boom”….fill box with newspaper….throw in some Cheetos for color and hammer home the commercialism point….come up with philosophical statement that is deep…something about duality and deprivation….deliver to gallery by 3pm on wednesday…..repeat mantra until show…believe mantra…hopefully sell box with paper in it for $20,000….junior needs braces……

I decided this year…that no matter what…I will not leave a gallery until someone working for the gallery can sufficiently explain to me what I don’t understand about a piece of art…..generally I get enough of it to move on ….but in some cases…the art is so far out of my reach….and perhaps…my artistic IQ is wavering…or I lack that certain conceptual gene to get it…..but I have this burning desire to know…the whys about the puddle of water on the floor…or the 63,000 discarded candy wrappers….in the corner…….

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