Post Number:#136 March 13th, 2012, 11:44 am
Anything is quite arguable. You'd be wrong, though, if you argued it.Actually, it is quite arguable that anything that the "people in the art world" name as art is very likely NOT art at all.
You, sir, seem to think, like some philistines I know, that art is something above and beyond what the people in the art world simply deem is art. Nothing suggests this view, and history proves it wrong.You seem to be referring to art by its popular handle; a term spread far and wide, like jelly and jam, to sweeten the bad taste of significance that has been diluted by the barely serviceable commerce of "culture".
'Art" or "Rat" -- they refer to one and the same thing. It's merely a matter of which attitude you want to adopt.We use the three-letter-word here for lack of a better one (perhaps we could change it to "rat" so we wouldnt have to discuss all those other things that proclaim to be "artistic".
Art is what gets displayed in galleries by artists, is received as art by people who write about art, gets reviewed by people who review art, and gets viewed by people who typically view art. A urinal fits this description, as Mr. Duchamp knows, and so anything fits this description. The Mona Lisa is no more art than a urinal. I hate that it's so, but it's so.Art is an event, an episode an interaction (not between humans but between an individual and some physical force...action). It is not for the consuming, nor is it even for the exhibiting or presenting - insofar as it will only ever be artifacts and rendered performances that actually confront an audience; all POST-art.
This is all pretty and yet irrelevant talk.And whether or not anyone might become thrilled or bored by the superfloua and gratuiti that gets offered-up as art is not to be bothered with DURING creative throes. There are plenty of other lives for a properly divided individual to tend to. Sell the art as one of those characters, fool the art world folk if you must (if you can), and realize that the only time you are NOT costumed is when ideation and process address aesthetic, anti-functional excess.