when will sincerity come back in fashion, when will seriousness be ‘cool’, why are people so cynical about romance and sentiment.
feeling intense ‘repulsion’ toward 90% of art, feel like that ironic playful voice that is so prevalent in art, and especially art created online, is already so outdated, feel a huge desire to push all that mocking stuff to one side for a long time and go back to ‘sincerity’, to a type of art that is dealing directly with the artist’s ‘existence’.
this is the only art that makes sense to me, the only art that leaves a lasting impression on me and the only art i think that really transcends time and fashion and advances in materials etc. it is natural and i think because it is so close to the artist it really emits that energy. thinking of past artists like Louise Bourgeois, Joseph Beuys and also Sophie Calle. feel like there is a ‘divineness’ about their work, but the majority of popular art now seems superfluous and there seems to be a real active pushing of that pop internet born voice, the one that is so bored that it goes beyond boredom and above life, it speaks in a drone of flash and gloss, it seems to have snowballed into a fashion and brings with it an overlay of cynicism on everything, it seems to speak of being untouched by anything, barely living. post-whatever this stage is will now have to work harder to penetrate the bitterness toward sentiment, toward romance, toward these notions that are actually innately ‘human’ but have been interrupted by the computer.
i’m not saying i haven’t indulged in this ‘style’ or contributed, took part, played with, and i’m not saying this art is ‘bad’, just concerned with the crowding of the internet with it, the mass of it that keeps accumulating and in so doing dulls the viewing of other types. i feel, personally, that there needs to be a move away from this, yes the internet is a great thing, yes the instantaneousness of it as a tool is alluring but there has to be a pushing past of this, there has to be something that feels more substantial, that gives ‘viewers’ something. i feel like the language of this era is tired, it seems to want to say ‘i feel nothing’ and with enough exposure to this, and especially exposure to it as something that is ‘cool’, it could dull a taste for other things that present life as ‘feeling things’, eventually being romantic becomes an embarrassing trait, tenderness is seen as a weakness
one artist who i feel is getting at something and is progressive in a way that her work takes the language of the past but still feels of ‘now’ is Bunny Rogers http://meryn.ru/portfolia/, feel like there is a real energy to what she is doing
all of this is a completely bias, personal opinion, naturally.