Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Say no to "Art".

Out of all the swindlers I believe that "artist" get off the easiest. I should clarify that I don't mean all artists, just those that tend to hide behind the phrase "you can't criticize my work because it is art". Those people -they have a racket going.

Take for instance this new "art":

It's a rotating kitchen. Neat? Yes. Somewhat of an experiment? Yes. Art? No.

I am getting tired of these "artists" who just do *something* and then claim it's art. That isn't art, that is just doing something new. I don't see why they get a pass as soon as they say "but it's art!". Hog. Wash.

Let's celebrate the people that actually have talent, not those that just get away with anything because they hide behind the term "art".


B.E. Earl said...

I stopped watching after 1 minute. That's the dumbest thing I've ever seen. And I've seen that GI Joe movie, so I know what I'm talking about.

B.E. Earl said...

I just read a little about this artist and he likes to confront the artificial, man-made world with the power of nature.

So I guess he's trying to say that gravity is more powerful than a cupboard full of cereal.

::hitting my head against the wall::

Ookami Snow said...

Yes, this is a demonstration, or an experiment, not art.

Spoiler alert: Half way through the kitchen stops rotating and it looks like they have to go back and fix something.

Nej said...

After about 30 seconds I went down and fast forwarded to the end. Might have been "cooler" if the cupboards were filled with paint cans or something....but maybe that's just me wanting to see a big colorful mess. :-)

Ookami Snow said...

I agree, paint cans in the cupboards may have elevated this display to art.

Aaron Brown said...

Ugh, I want those 11 minutes of my life back, I agree pretty cool, but def not art. Paint in cupboards = borderline maybe art

Jenette said...

I'll tell you EXACTLY what this is. It is the same thing that the one-year-olds in my class do when they realize they can dump out a bucket of toys, or the 2 1/2-year-olds do when they realize they can ruin someone's creation or knock over a whole shelf of materials or toys. Its the "Hey, watch this!" phenomenon. Been done by every child in young childhood repeatedly. This is just on a bigger scale.

Chris said...

You were all, on some level, entertained or impressed by this little demonstration, yet you feel threatened/betrayed/deceived (?) when someone labels it as art. Why is that? I found the whole thing pretty pointless, but unless I'm forced to pay for it via some stupid government program, how am I hurt if someone defines "art" differently than I do? We can't simply refer to the dictionary definition of the term--I suspect we'd all find to be about as satisfying as the dictionary definition of "love," "God," or "thought."

Netty, your comments about children raise an interesting question. Imagine a child brings you a simplistic, single-color drawing that a monkey could have done and says, "See? I made art!" Do you tell her "that's not art because you didn't use paint" or "because it was too easy" or "because you didn't get an art permit before you started"?

My sense is that if he had used another word ("demonstration," etc.), you all would have said, "Oh, a rotating kitchen" and moved on. The A-word, though, changes things. For the record, the rotating kitchen thingy doesn't fit my personal definition of "art," but I'd like to understand why you're all so opposed to his use of the term.

Ookami Snow said...

I agree that calling it a demonstration, or something of that nature would help.

But I think that the same arguments could be had for homeopathic medicine. That you made "for" art like this.

The problem is that allowing artists to call whatever they want art allows them a free pass to coast. And then when I think someone is BSing everyone I can't call BS on them. So my post was more of saying, "Hay artists, I am not going to call your efforts art just because you call it that".