Thursday, April 24, 2014

Is there truth in a photograph?

No, a photograph is a fragment of an experience with richly intertwining aural, spacial, and temporal elements that are flattened and or eliminated when they are lain down in two dimensions either as emulsion on paper or pixels in a jpeg. We are left with the visual artifact of an event or place which offers an impenetrable surface, beyond which we can only speculate. There is no truth in a photograph, there isn't even a story, we the viewers bring truth and stories with us and project them onto the photograph.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How important is understanding artists' intentions when encountering art?

If I am privy to the intentions of an artist in making a particular work, which doesn't often happen, my enjoyment and appraisal of the work will be restricted to a judgement I'd rather not make. Namely, whether this work a successful realization of the artist's intention, which is a closed system. I'd rather imagine the work as an animal that is complete, alive, and quite unable to make answer to any clever questions. So, no, although I do find it helpful to know a few basic biographical details about the artist.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

This does seem to be a process all human children go through as they become adults, that is putting your causa sui project on the shelf to accommodate the responsibilities attendant to adulthood. 

As to which is more natural, "to banish ones fears" or "to live on delegated powers" I'd say that the latter is more natural (to humans). Fear is man's best friend, it alone allows us to protect ourselves from danger, fear is a vital part of human life. Almost every person seeks to be delegated powers from those in authority which is the safest course and integrates the person smoothly into their society, but those who take power or create power for themselves de facto will find many enemies around to challenge their authority. Acting like Alexander the Great or Napoleon seems to be the natural expression of a highly developed ego which only seeks to continue to create itself, like the teleology that Friedrich Nietzsche uses in Thus Spake Zarathustra with his Superman, yet this approach is fundamentally antagonistic to general peace, well being, and happiness.

Monday, April 21, 2014

The State Of Art

Doing it like you don't know how, talking like you don't read books, playing dumb. I believe the pretension of being an anti-intellectual is a global trend in art. I think this may be a knee-jerk response to the overwhelming onslaught of information constantly available to us, and a withdrawal, (whether sincere or not) and a biding of time, so that artists can figure a few things out.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

An Excuse

I make art firstly for myself, secondly for the art public. Making art and looking and thinking about my art makes me happy. Doesn't everyone want their work to be something they enjoy? As for the audience, my work is made with a specialist art audience in mind, that is to say for the art world, not the general public, but a specific public. I associate my art practice with the art world because I think that new ways of understanding our current conditions are invented there. The art world is full of failed experiments in thought, and because of the low stakes of getting something completely wrong, artists have the licence to embark on wild tangents that stretch whole lifetimes. This is the precious privilege of irresponsible thought that the world has delegated to its artists.

Walking Noesis

You can't really deny your self, your presence when your walking up hill. Your feet on the ground come into view, your legs tell you in their way they are there too and working hard. Landscape shapes our perception in the least romantic ways, what is a sex life in the rain?

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