“Despair is the Sickness Unto Death: Despair is a Sickness of the Spirit, of the Self, and Accordingly Can Take Three Forms: in Despair not to be Conscious of Having a Self (not despair in the strick sense); in Despair not to Will to be Oneself; in Despair to Will to be Oneself” – Soren Kierkegaard
“No one is free who has not obtained the empire of himself. No man is free who cannot command himself.” –Pythagoras
“We are not supposed to all be the same, feel the same, think the same, and believe the same. The key to continued expansion of our Universe lies in diversity, not in conformity and coercion. Conventionality is the death of creation.” –Anthon St. Maarten
“Personal disintegration remains always an imminent danger.” – Christopher Lasch
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”- Thomas Paine
More on Brexit, which all the above quotes are germane to:
“Nobody seems to understand it’s not about Cameron or Nigel Farage, or Michael Gove vs. Boris Johnson, it’s about voting for or against the EU, for or against Juncker and Tusk and five other unelected presidents having a say in one’s life.
And that’s not all either. It’s about voting to leave, or remain in, a Union that is already dead and preserved only in a zombie state. Brexit is just one vote and many more will inevitably follow. Brexit is not the first, Grexit had that ‘honor’ hast year. Later this month, elections in Italy and Spain have the potential to turn into preliminary Italix and Spexit votes. And then there will be more.
The reason why these things are taking place, and will be, going forward, is that the economies of all these countries are fast deteriorating. The sole reason why people have accepted the rule of Brussels coming from far away over their daily lives, is the promise that it would make those lives better and more comfortable. That promise has been shattered. The EU has made things worse for most Europeans, not improved them. And when seen in that light, why should people agree to continue to be told whta to do by those who’ve made them poorer? There’s no democratic model in which that remotely makes sense. There are only undemocratic left…
An economy in decline means the end of decentralization and the end of existing political power structures. This is inevitable.” –Automatic Earth
It also means an absolute end to the pseudo-art nonsense that the art world is uniformly engaged in. This art is all neoliberal and embodies neoliberal notions and propaganda. All of it. It’s deader than a doornail. Nihilism, escapist pleasures, interior decoration, spectacles of all sorts (i.e. Entertainment for the decadent wealthy.) All of it politically correct. Much of it specifically anti-Christian as the Christian right are the bad guys. Anybody believing in Christ is a moron, naturally. Atheists or pseudo mystical jackasses like Rothko and Clyfford Still are immortal geniuses and enlightened beings. Does anybody actually think that a world totally bereft of natural resources due to the corporate rape that we’re all subsidizing will be looking back fondly at silkscreened Coca Cola bottles and Marilyn, gigantic buttplugs, Chia Pets, and Ice Cream Cones on the tops of buildings? That they’ll be sitting in a Turrell light tunnel or praying in the Rothko or Ellsworth Chapels?
Dream on. By all means
Do any of you Contemporary Avant-Garde artistes out there even have an opinion? About anything? Are you aware that there is an entire world of artists directly opposed to you all over the country who consider you moronic lamebrains? Do you see anything at all outside your little ivory tower fantasy world where you all preach the same empty slogans (Holzer, Nauman, Kruger, ad infinitum) considering it to be fantastically insightful? Everyone is a John Dockus type with their head buried completely in the sand. The kind who become furiously angry and start writing insults to me if their fragile realities are challenged.
My writing has turned this despairing and despondent from the experience of writing it over the last 5 years and realizing nobody has the faintest interest in the content of art. All they’re interested in is the surface appeal. Just as Warhol stated: “If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am.” It’s the art of the narcissist. The art of the corporate psychopath. Totally cool. Totally dehumanized. Void of any kind of individual (see quotes above) Is there anything else but narcissistic art in the “Avant-Garde” world or Family values nostalgia Old Master/French Academy copying in the “conservative art world’? Of course the family values art has crossed over, some of it, as in 1 million or more for a Norman Rockwell illustration for Saturday Evening Post covers. Anything the Capitalist class can convert into big bucks is up for grabs.
None of this art makes any sense as it’s a meaningless tower of Babel. And it’s collapsing. All of its terrified inhabitants, just like those aboard the Titanic are beginning to realize that the people crushed and locked away below decks are pounding on the doors as the hull of the ship cracks apart.
And they’re too terrified to even speak. Too terrified to even read what I’m writing. Baby time out there, right? Suck on your pacifier. Worship your Buttplug. Hardy, har har. Life is hilarious. Take another line of coke. That’s what fuelled all the Schnabel/Haring glory back in the 1980s. I was in art school then. Everyone was snorting coke like there was no tomorrow. Turns out there isn’t thanks to all of it.
Go down to the video at the bottom of this column and skip the writing if it’s too boring. Just watch the video. You’ll get the picture of where art is at. At what intellectual level it currently resides at. And don’t kid yourself, you’re no different than those brilliant artists. That’s why none of you can bother to read or comment or discuss what is happening today in reality.
Donald Trump pitches his speeches to 4th graders. Hillary is at 7th grade level. The candidates who lost were those above those grade levels. Rand Paul (7.5), Jeb Bush (8), Rubio and Christie (8.6), Ted Cruz (8.9), Fiorina (9.6), Huckabee (10), Sanders (10), Chafee (8.5) What grade level does anyone think today’s artists pitch their work to? I’d say around 6th or 7th grade as a rough estimate.
John Alexander Parks sent me a link to his new show after I’d posted his work, which I like. He’s an art teacher. Big gallery name, I presume within New York. Didn’t bother to comment on my blog or anything else as no doubt his only interest was in promoting his own work to my readers. No doubt not understanding I have all of 5 of them. Art is all about selling, though, isn’t it? Or is there something I’m missing about con art? Is anybody capable of getting real anymore? Tell me then, what grade level is a painting like this typical Parks painting is pitched to:
How about this other Brit artist, Banksy? What grade level?
Or this Gage Taylor, one of which I took down when his fac totum wrote in to denounce me for showing his work for reasons I am unclear on since I was showing it because I liked it. I liked it as nice Max Parrish kind of childish illustration. I don’t think of childrens book illustration as great art, by and large. Although there are, of course, many exceptions. But those exceptions aren’t among artists whose entire body of work is aimed at 6th grade level. Like Dr. Seuss. I love Dr. Seuss. But I don’t consider him a serious artist. Sorry, art world kids. I’m a meanie, that way.
What grade level are these artists talking at? And these artists are absolutely representative of nearly every other American artist I can think of. They make work for children. They talk in the language of children. Fairy tale art. Fantasy art. Art thoroughly disconnected from human reality and the pathos not just of our current condition. But that has always been part of the human condition.