skip the text, look at the pictures

I confess that on the occasion I either pick up, or someone gives me an art catalogue, I don't actually read the text/essays in it. Instead, I just flip through the pictures and then stuff it somewhere on one of my bookshelves. Art language/writing is - for the most art, and at least to me anyways - nothing more than inaccessible and posh (in the arrogant sense) drivel. I love and appreciate art; but, the crap critics and curators are prone to pennig at best can put you to sleep, and at worse exorcize demons - I swear. I do not think I am lone in thinking this way either. One needs either to smoke a tonne of crack or guzzle a bottle of throat and brain-burning Icelandic potato vodka before taking a crack at understanding some of that stuff.


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Aug 11, 2022 at 12:21pm

It's interesting to think of how internalized capitalism shapes our sense of understanding confessions in our present temporal conditions, bleh bleh, bleh bleh.

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I like art.

Aug 11, 2022 at 12:44pm

Got to keep that market moving, and all the sales BS, helps the buyer justify the price, feel important, and better than Joe bag of doughnuts. The narcissism of small differences, in the post modern sense, trying achieve a superficial sense of one's own uniqueness. I got this and you don't.

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Aug 11, 2022 at 1:52pm

Doesn't hurt to learn the lingo so you can flirt with the artist though...

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Uh Huh

Aug 11, 2022 at 2:40pm

Went to art school and really hated the "artspeak" aspect of it. The idea that all work had to be processed and described in a certain way. I found it very elitist. When you're looking at a piece that consists of a pile of wood and shards of broken glass or something, which is essentially crap. The artist is supposed to elevate it to something profound by presenting it in a certain way. I always saw it as an Emperor's New Clothes deal. Where we all have to pretend crap art is enlightened and the innocent (or "uneducated") see it for what it is. I keep waiting for this house of cards to crumble but it never does. I guess society has too much invested in the lie.

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@uh huh

Aug 11, 2022 at 4:12pm

Naïve art is usually defined as visual art that is created by a person who lacks the formal education and training that a professional artist undergoes. There have been many times I looked at the work of an art school graduate and thought that person has no training, it was total trash. Far too much BS in the art scene.

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Aug 11, 2022 at 5:09pm

Yeah, I never read music reviews as they can only compare it to something else. You have to hear it for yourself.

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Huffy the hipster

Aug 11, 2022 at 6:13pm

You clearly don’t appreciate the art of hermeneutics and the ontological relevance of my found objects :)

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Aug 11, 2022 at 6:27pm

As an artist I’ve always hated that crap too. Other people deciding what the artist was saying in the piece, etc. Same thing with literature too. Some academic writes an essay that supposedly tells everyone who’s about to read the book what the author was saying. The only person who knows what they’re wanting to convey by their particular form of artistic expression is the artist. And the ones that try all that bs mumbo jumbo are just yanking your chain. The VAG once had an entire huge room in the gallery with nothing but a bunch of ropes and pulleys hung from the ceiling as an “installation”. Total bs, but stupid people buy into the rhetoric and even stupider people actually buy the “art”.

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@ Huffy the hipster

Aug 11, 2022 at 8:33pm


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on the other hand

Aug 12, 2022 at 5:44am

...technique is overrated. Artists can't compete with AI. Check out some of the free AI software available now online. You want a guy holding coca cola, riding a dragon in the style of Van Gogh? Done. You want it enhanced to see 'brushstrokes'? Done. If the 'concept' isn't respected, what's left for the artists?

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