Vine video sells as art, Duchamp turns in grave
Can I be the first to say, that Tits on Tits on Couch (2013) by feminist video game artist Angela Washko signals a lowering of the bar of what our society considers art? Actually, I hope to god I’m not the first person who’s said it, because if I am, that means that the world really is that brainwashed.
Remember that old saying about the masses having art fed to them with a spoon? I know this ain’t Warhol and it only sold for $200, but now the floodgates have been opened, so what’s next? Text-collage? Even that would take more effort than holding a laptop for six seconds while sitting on an ugly couch. I haven't been able to find any artist's statement about it, so I can only guess judging by Washko's other projects that she is making a very convoluted feminist statement? That's the thing that disturbs me, there doesn't seem to be a point to it.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m down with avante-gardism, and I'm down with questioning what art is, blah, blah, blah. But, they’re calling it absurdist and doesn’t that seem a bit, I don’t know, grand? Absurdism; we’re talking Dada, we’re talking Duchamp, we’re talking Arp. These people were radicals, rebelling against the concept of art and society itself, and they were the first ones to do it. All over the world. In the 1920s.
Sorry Washko, it’s been done, a lot. We did that already, and really, really well. This is just fucking lazy. Will we really accept anything as art, now? Society is supposed to be moving forward, not backward.
All this being said, it was sold, and to an art curator, which is the scariest part. That’s the art biz.