Recent posts tagged art


2020


"You Don't Have To Live With The Bloody Man"

On portraits of the artist as a complete jackass, and why we need new kinds of stories about artists.

Of The Here And Now, Or The Anywhere And Always

I've long been wary of using fiction as a system of polemic, not because I don't care about the world we live in but because such things typically make for bad fiction

What Might Dance Better

"Since all art finally affirms something, if only its own value, some attitudes thus dance better than others."

2019


The End Of Quality (Not Really)

Some say "good, better, best" is an absurdity and best done away with. I agree, sort of.

2018


Do The Wrong Thing

What if someone Did Something Bad with a creation of yours?

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, But Sometimes They Just Turn Out To Be Cattle Rustlers

We need to have more nuanced ways of taking what matters for us from a given creator and from their works.

The Answer To Last Week's Puzzle

"Are we so desperate to solve our art?"

2017


Artifact And Artifiction

I have been reading the writings of Gerhard Richter, a painter whose view of his work is a good deal more interesting to me than much of the work itself. He was, like John Cage, not interested in creating things that were an expression of his personality; he wanted some larger aspect of things to manifest itself through him. In fact, Cage is explicitly credited as an influence, and in one of the photos in the book, Cage is seen smiling in front of one of Richter's paintings.

Grindhouse Vs. Arthouse Vs. My House

On schlock being useful without the love of it becoming its own snobbism.

No Masters Here

There is no such thing as "mastery" of one's art, just improvement in whatever form is possible.

From Monstrosity To Tragedy

Art isn't profound just because it hurts.

Not The Bookish Type Dept.

I went looking for books in my personal library that are about the craft of writing. I could barely find any.

Pretty Things Dept.

Go make something beautiful and humane. Everything else is just commentary.

Artitude Dept.

"I cannot serve like a waiter, because that's not what this job is about."

2016


Coltrane Vs. Vonnegut III Dept.

To exist is to be misunderstood.

Coltrane Vs. Vonnegut II Dept.

On why being your "true" self is not a matter of acting out things that you normally repress.

Coltrane Vs. Vonnegut Dept.

Two theories about the social utility of art,

Gimlet Eyes Dept.

Artists can be politically outspoken, but are not automatically astute for being so.

Push My Envelope Dept.

"Transgressive" isn't what it used to be. Maybe it never was.

Larger Than Fiction Dept.

On being Trumped.

Nightmares And Madmen Dept.

When you replace the "nightmare" with "insanity", what happens?

Stuporheroes Dept.

Age of Dulltron.

2015


Hunting High And Low Dept.

Different art, different critical standards? Maybe not.

The Smartest Guys In The Medium Dept.

"...the doctrine that the genius must be in advance of his time is almost wholly false and vicious..."

Nothing Special Dept.

"When any image is possible, no image is all that impressive anymore."


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