Art World Jerkoffs

Here’s a good piece from Adbusters about reality in Brazil, which is the same reality facing California as they are just beginning to experience the worst drought in their history on a personal level. Will this wake any of them up from the narcisstic and hedonistic stupor? Like those in Silicon Valley and Beverly Hills? Most likely they’ll get special dispensations to keep their golf courses and Edenic shangri-las powered up while the rest of the lower classes around them have their precious flowers and lawns turn brown. And then will come the point where water is being rationed.

Of course, this won’t happen. It’s just a scare scenario. Brilliant scientists right now are on the verge of understanding the key to manufacturing water from desert sand. There’s a scientific solution for all life’s problems. Their solution is to put your head inside a video-game entertainment universe and pretend you’re SuperJoe defeating all the bad guys and getting all the hot chicks at night.

We just learned from the Times that the Winter economy was much worse than had been originally expected. Consumers haven’t been spending as much. Gee. Really? Do they think that might have something to do with the fact that consumers have no money to spend as their jobs have been outsourced and their credit has run thin and all profits are shoveled into the pockets of the 1 percent.

Even the notoriously upbeat David Simon of The Wire has gotten so pessimistic he’s talking about Karl Marx. So the liberal class are now going to try to play some catch up? At least Simon is saying something, unlike the rest of his peers who just pimp their latest Hollywood blockbuster of Superhero bullshit. So I’m grateful for small miracles. Of course his comments are published in the The Guardian, as American media won’t countenance the mention of a communist in any form. Communism is an idea that is long dead and buried, just like the working class itself.

The narcissistic shenanigans of the art world centered around a lot of fun colorful designs, faux-naive and faux-primitivism, pious liberal hypocrisy, and explorations of sex while the natural world falls to pieces is pretty sickmaking. The art world is just as responsible as the corporate degenerates raping the globe as its singular purpose is to generate the bread and circuses that cover up any kind of response or dialogue to the human crisis we’re facing.

What kind of future do any of the people engaged in this pointless art game and entertaining themselves with Game of Thrones/Mad Mean to the exclusion of any other kind of thinking imagine will exist in fifty years. Do they actually think people will be wandering around art museums viewing the wonders of single color paintings, Andy Warhol type silkscreen celebrities, different arrangements of bricks on the floor, porno-horror juvenilia, scribble art of every variety imaginable, the contents of the diapers we’ll all be wearing?

I’ve become tired of writing about art, because from all I can tell nobody is interested in actual art. Entertainment, yes. Entertainment is all. Personally, I’ve never found art to be the least bit entertaining.

 

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3 Responses to Art World Jerkoffs

  1. goetzkluge says:

    Art, which is entertainig, often is the best choice to transport subversion. And to fanatists, entertainment as such already often enough is very annoying. On the opposite side is art which obviously is made to to irritate and to shock people. It can be very entertaining to watch their response. But do they get the message?

    People want entertainment? Try the strategy of the greek gods: They punish the mortals by fulfilling their wishes. You’ll probably have to try out to which degree you have to camouflage and nicely wrap the annoyances.

  2. trueoutsider says:

    Sorry, Goetz, I’m not very clear on what you’re saying. You’ll have to perhaps elaborate a bit if you want me to understand what you’ve written.

    As far as being punished by the Gods goes, I see that already happening on a wide scale. It will go on increasing intensity if I’m any judge of the situation. Then we’ll either collapse into anarchy or become some version of a right wing police state. Americans are so conformist at this point that I don’t see this as being hard to manage. The Brave New Art World just serves the purpose of entertainment. What Guy de Bord referred to as The Society of the Spectacle. Art galleries and museums are just loci within the global entertainment complex provided by global capitalism. Same in Dubai, Tokyo, Berlin, New York, Ottawa. You name it.

    Do you imagine the citizens of Dubai, etc. are going to view Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst Ai Wei-Wei to have their orthodoxies challenged? To receive messages of some sort? Again, I had a hard time translating what you’ve written.

    America started out in the 60s parodying popular culture with Warhol, Wesselmann, etc. and calling it art… Now we’re simply displaying the pop culture itself. Thus comic book artists like Clowes, Burns, Ware, Panter, Speigelmann, Crumb are considered to be high art. If not, why are there museum shows all over the globe and their work fetching high art prices? How about the shows of art museum shows Tim Burton, Bjork, David Bowie, Star Wars and so on? Bjork is a continuation of Degas? David Bowie is today’s version of Gustave Courbet?

    When anything whatsoever is called art, the word no longer has the slightest meaning. Everybody at art school trying to come up with the next big gimmick or fashion. Totally absurd. What can be done after a urinal and an all black painting or a pile of cinders on the floor? Where does art go from there exactly? How does that “tradition” carry on other than as empty entertainment?

    Most of what is called art is simply toxic dreck. Teenage nihilism. Artists like Bruce Nauman’s stock in trade. Snide and sneering. Lots of death-obsessed art. Corpses, bizarre sex fantasies, tattoo love dreams. The “beauty” type art is sterile as in devoid of any human emotion whatsoever. Dehumanized formalism stemming from the theories of Duchamp and Greenberg. Next to nothing outside of that as far as the wasteland I’m looking at. The Savage God.

    Everything went to total hell as America and its rotten materialistic value system took the helm of art and dictated what would be called art and what wouldn’t. The humanist artists… i.e., social realists and the like were tossed into the garbage can as old hat. What do we care about the poor and starving? Depressing subject matter.

    So this is, in effect, our punishment. We don’t need the Greek Gods to mete it out. We simply exist drifting through an empty plastic wasteland of shopping malls and gas stations. The art in museums reflects the spiritual emptiness of the country itself, perfectly content to have our military running amok all over the globe meting out punishment. Karma is a bitch, as the saying goes.

    Well, that’s how I see it. That’s all I see that can be written about as that’s all there is.

  3. trueoutsider says:

    On the positive side, there are perhaps a percent or two of the population making what might end up being viewed as art, if any kind of civilization begins reconstituting itself in future. And perhaps out of that couple percent there is something that will be enduring. What you see in museums as great art is a infinitely tiny percent of any population. Who were the great artists in Spain in the 1800s whose work might hang next to Goya’s? And it’s worth recalling that Goya’s etchings didn’t sell and so much of the work wasn’t even printed in his lifetime. His black paintings were painted on the wall of his house, with no intention to ever be shown or exhibited. Rembrandt died a pauper, unmentioned in the Amsterdam news. His late work was I imagine painted just as Goya’s black paintings. No intended audience whatsoever. Perhaps what makes that kind of work so haunting and powerful. Of course, not to today’s audiences, who find those qualities reserved for Damien Hirst’s shark.

    I’ve read that Sir Edwin Landseer was the most popular artist of the late 19th century. He’d be exceptionally popular and at the top of the heap if he were painting today in “traditional” art circles. In those precincts technique is all. Content not so much.

    In Contemporary Art Circles technique is irrelevant. What passes for content is tedious gibberish.

    So history does indeed repeat itself as Marx noted. We’re in the farce period. The tragedy was what happened to American Art in the 1950s.

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