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Thursday, February 11, 2010
i’m exhausted - and that’s just from daily routines and circumstances ...
been sleeping in three hour shifts every twelve hours to try keep up with United Kingdom time where my wife is stranded for five days as a result of a one day blizzard in Newark, NJ - does Continental Airlines offer hotel vouchers or the next available aircraft, or even upgrades for less than 4K to business first [where seats are available] ? - ix-nay !
Can you reach them by telephone without a message saying they can’t complete your call because of high volume - even though you called every half hour for almost twenty hours straight? - nyet !
so i surrendered to it and got to bed around 1 a.m. to be awoken by a panicking neighbor's phone call at 3 a.m. because someone was banging on her door and she was alone with two small children since her husband got stranded in Philadelphia because of the weather. It turned out to be a nurse whose shift ended at 11p.m. - and even though the highways were closed because of a state of emergency, the hospital didn’t offer to accommodate their staff - so the nurse attempted to take the overland routes using her G.P.S. which turned a half hour commute into a four hour drive under treacherous conditions. To top it off, her on-board navigator led her to the road past my studio/barn which is commonly referred to as ‘the goat path’ by locals, because that’s what its been used for over the past two hundred years - a single lane, 350 foot, winding drop, lined with trees that often fall when exposed to severe weather - and they did, leaving the nurse stuck and stranded.
And this wasn’t the first time - last spring a tractor trailer got stuck on the same road because his G.P.S. said it was the shortest route to his destination. It only took eight hours and two tow trucks and major damage to get him out ...
Did either one of them stop when they saw the road narrow or start to dramatically decline - did the township mount a warning sign after the truck did significant property damage? nope !
Are we beginning to recognize a pattern yet? yep!
Last night on Keith Olbermann someone was saying that our lack of effective mobilization during emergency situations represents a major security threat.
I’ll go one further - a lack of common sense and decency will destroy us!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
“Outsider Art” is a relatively new term, and by definition, always changing.
What was once used by Jean Dubuffet to describe the work of the ‘insane’, later became ‘art brut’- art, outside of the mainstream. Later, the art critic, Roger Cardinal extended the classification to include ‘naive’, and even ‘folk art’.
Today, “Outsider Art” is still considered to be produced outside the mainstream of popular culture, schools, and galleries; but as a result of broad-based consumerism, connectivity, and educational policing - the mainstream has extended its boundaries far beyond the usual urban art centers.
In addition, the institutions that were once the bastions of standards have become status quo and diluted by self-preservation, under-qualification, and special interest funding.
The current conditions no longer support the intelligencia that once propelled the activism of avant garde movements which contributed to the progressive developments of Western Art.
As a result, the majority of ‘true’ artists have migrated away from the ‘art centers’ causing de-centralizing of topical debate and further contributing to the non-specific pluralism that continues to erode at the fabric of significant advancement in the arts.
The systems that were established to inform and provoke art collectors, critics, and the public of accomplishment and issues are outdated in their reliance upon limited resources within the art centers.
I’m suggesting that today’s ‘real insiders’, the people who still draw their inspiration from that small pool of traditions as the League of Giants that preceded them, have become the outsiders.
There’s little room or time in the flow of the modern western capitalism to include the delicate honing of art forms or the development of one’s own true voice [as Keith Jarrett would refer to it].
Trends designed to maintain audience interest, require quick turnover.
And the issues of the day are no longer ‘insider‘ secrets - they’re only a Google away - but the work that addresses those issues with the skills of ‘vocation’ have moved so far to the fringe for survival and sustainability, that they seem irrelevant - or at least inconvenient in their accessibility to the marketplaces.
The ‘outside’ has become the ‘inside’, or faint pulse, of what art needs to survive in this culture.
Next, we come to the questions of what ‘art’ really is in our culture, and what led to the changes we’ve come to accept. Stay tuned ...
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it was only a few decades ago that the pulse of what was going on in the ‘art world’ was marked by seasonal trends in New York’s Soho - grand-slam, celebrity artists - Minimalism, Earthworks, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti, Neo Geo - Serra, Schnabel, Salle, Kiefer, Scharf, Haring - off West Broadway, and off-off West Broadway, [Tribeca, Alphabet City, Times Square, Union Square, Noho, and Chelsea] etc.
the continuity of European Art History was revived and proliferated in New York after the art centers’ displacement during WWII - infused with new talent, discourse, media, and new money - it flourished and became not only the harbinger of intellectual and cultural change, but more importantly for America at that time, [with her predisposition for capitalism and grandiosity] - it became the repository for an over-productive liberal arts educational system that continued to lower standards for its’ own survival, and became a barometer for real estate development speculators interested in high-yield revitalization of America’s urban blight ... just follow the art ...
the Art Center flourished and reproduced itself faster than a super virus; migrating and adapting to every nuance of its host’s environment with the eventual result being ‘pluralism’ - a terminal diagnosis describing the entropy of unfocused, and unprincipled over-indulgence resulting in banal gentrification of a tradition of ideals in the Arts - grass-roots art meccas popped up everywhere under the guise of co-ops and 501 C3’s, providing culturing for everyone - and soon it became difficult to determine where the center was and what was the prevailing urgency ...
or as Yeats describes; “things fall apart; the centre can not hold”...
until of course, the advent of the personal computer; which coagulated narcissism in the form of worldwide entanglements that provided immediate gratifications and de-personalized socialization - and then, personal domains based on branding and misinformation rather than substance ...
soon, everyone was an artist or celebrity of some sort ...
the next ‘big thing’ could be found anywhere - everywhere, and the only necessary validation was repetition, sales, and exposure comparable to the numbers advertised on fast food marquis’
and what would once require the squandering of trust funds, inheritances, and government entitlement programs for involvement in the ‘art centers’, could now be accomplished with pre-packaged, media savvy, product development and placement for global consumption or targeted audiences ...
but wait a minute, there seem to be more ‘artists’ [and lawyers] now, than ever existed in the history of the world - at least by art historical records - could it be that we’re actually living in an unprecedented period of world-wide cultural enlightenment or did we miscalculate every brick layers genius and significance in the building of the pyramids ...
woops, back up to pre-pluralism - and the art dealing ‘authorities’ with their newly acquired art history - or even law degrees, who were able to fast-track careers with v.i.p. perks to an unsuspecting, and previously disenfranchised pool of investors with all the finesse and expertise of junk-bond brokers - and let us not to forget the attractive young interns of upwardly mobile fortune 500 companies who made off with client and mailing lists to lay the foundations for their own house of cards with newly graduated Ivy League artists who probably attended some of the same frat parties as the soon-to-be president, G.W.Bush ...
ahhh - these are the days that Andy Warhol dreamed of while marketing his career change from Madison Avenue advertiser to Main Street’s resurrection of art savior to all - the transfiguration from Bergdorf & Goodman to Walmart ... from Da Vinci and the ideals he propagated to Jeff Koons’ inflatables ...
theses are the good old days, but you have to wonder - where have all the 'real artists' gone, the art, the music - could the continuity of centuries of tradition and ideals become so diluted by manufactured inventions in fifty years that we’ve stopped looking for art, or are we still too dependent on where Madison Avenue directs our attention ...
it’s so un-cool to not tolerate banality - or search for the good in it ...
i think this is about to become a series of off-the-cuff entries that addresses some distresses amid the arts ...
p.s. I wrote this after reading a short article on Dr. Albert Barnes, inventor and art collector from PA - years ago i met one of his associates who told me about one of his 'art quest' trips to Paris before WWII ...
he visited Giacometti's studio and discussed some of the work being produced by other artists, who seemed to be impressed with a fellow name Soutine - but no one knew how to find him - eventually, after days of inquiry Dr. Barnes located the artist and purchased some of his paintings - the artist packed the paintings, took the profits, bought a fur coat for his girlfriend, and took a cab to Provence ... the rest is history ...