Conceptual ArtArt is so passe. The new trend is to describe Art... and call that Art. It's sort of silly, because I could describe something as rarefied as an oil painting (portrait style, but of course) of some young damsel (was she a young damsel) with a single pearl earring (such a timeless style), as painted by a Dutch Master (was Girl with a Pearl Earring painted by a Dutch Master) sometime in the Sixteenth Century (or at least, in the last thousand years). Now, I may or may not have described a classic. But either way, you can be sure that I have cheated. And rather than make Art, I've described Art. Such an enterprise is no more Artistic than whispering 'Mona Lisa' in an otherwise empty gallery. But then, that's not my problem.
My InstructionsIn the image above, we have two focal points. On the left, is a stack of wood: 2x4s to be exact, a factory load, so a pallet's worth. Such a pile of wood probably has a better name. But I don't know what it is.
To the right is a... Brand! New! Car! If I had to choose, a Green Cadillac Convertible. But it hardly matters, as I feel it is in keeping with the spirit of the piece to use whatever Make & Model will yield The Artist the most money in Product Placement Fees.
Poured over each (i.e. the pile of wood and The! Brand! New! Car!) is a 5-Gallon Bucket (so, we are talking 10-Gallons total) of DayGlo Fluorescent Orange Paint. It will seep between the 2x4x, ooze all about, and that will be interesting. And not only will the paint destroy the car (or increase its value by several million dollars), it will make the car suddenly worthy of notice.
The increase in attention (Valourization by Needless Destruction) is what this piece is all about. Well, that and the coolness of DayGlo Orange Paint as it oozes over the contoured (and not so contoured) surface of the car and wood (respectively). After all, we can all go down to a Mega Hardware Store and see load after load of cheap wood. And we can do the same thing for Luxury Sedans at our Local Car Dealership. But we don't, because that would be kind of stupid. But put these two items in an Art Museum (I'm thinking a Triple-Wide Gallery Space, as we don't want to crowd either the installation or the millions of gawking spectators it will bring), place them at an angle (because we are Artists, after all), cover them in paint (partially, in an aesthetically pleasing way), and suddenly, we have something worthy of notice.
25 Years LaterThese conceptual pieces tend to get rehashed. First, it's insanely easy to 'tour' a piece of art that is composed of (smoke, mirrors, and) an inane instruction set. And secondly, some of these were so successful the first time they were shown (back in the 70s, that coolest of decades, it's when the 60s really happened, you know), it's sort of trendy to put them on display, once again.
So, we know there will be a repeat performance.
And for the second instalment (but not the third, which The Artist reserves the right to describe in full at a later date, but which will probably consist of a dozen motorcycles, an equal number of leather clad mannequins, and a full gross of DayGlo Spray Paint in mixed colors) instead of using paint (so, we are talking of the Second Instalment not the First or Third), a 12 Inch Wide by 24 Foot Long Orange Ribbon (Vinyl, but of course, because the bastards will cut corners, even if I, personally, prefer a Rubberized Silk Cloth with a High-Gloss Heat-Finished Sheen) will be draped over each item. We'll need another load of wood, because who knows what happened to that first one. And this time, we really will use whichever car (or kitchen dinette set, complete with refrigerator and oven) that will pay This Artist the most money to be the center-piece of this: The Promotional Opportunity of the Century.
ReadingInterpreting Art is stupid. I am a stupid person. As such, there is no one more qualified than me to interpret Art in General... and then, of course, I am the Artist, so I like to think that gives me the inside scoop on this particular piece.
In Seven Keys To Modern Art, Simon Morley gave a framework for analysing Art, which I like, so I will (butcher his insights and) try to use them here. Of course, there is 'No Try', so I have every intention of flat out butchering his methodology, which is my prerogative seeing as how I am a Cutting Edge Artist. And more importantly, this is my website, so I don't see how anyone can really stop me.
All the same, one can look at The Folly of Man (women, please learn from our example) in a number of different ways; as in, from a number of different perspectives.
- As Bart Simpson has said, 'No one teaches me history!'
- Punk Rock
- Grant Seeker
- And as stated in that most wonderful of songs The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades:
- '$50,000 a year, will buy a lot of beer.'
- All Art is about me.
- I am the viewer.
- I am the creator.
- And don't even know why the rest of you even bother.
- Usually, one would talk about brush-strokes here, but in this project it's really about the paint spillage.
- One even pour, taking as long as possible.
- So, like, thirty seconds.
- For the ribbon, just throw it and be done with it.
- This is Art, not Brain Surgery.
- Visceral Experience
- The Viewer's Experience
- Doesn't matter.
- The Curator's Experience
- Can be improved by taking the Artist (and his lovely assistant) out for a stupidly expensive Night on the Town.
- Night on the Town: Mixed Media (The Boy, The Girl, A Small Number of Stupid Sycophants, and a World Renown Art Museum's Expense Account) available for immediate installation.
- My Experience
- Um, I'm not holding my breath.
- The BS Manifesto
- In all fairness, I think Simon Morley calls this Theoretical.
- But who cares?
- And it's not like this is the first (of seven) keys that I've deliberately misinterpreted (and/or reinterpreted).
- Besides, it's not about the interpretation.
- It's about looking.
- Look, dude!
- It's pretty cool when you get right down to it.
- Art, you Heathen!
- It's about looking.
- Once again, Simon Morley probably (but just probably) had a better name...
- And maybe even meant something different.
- In truth, I only skimmed his book.
- Anyhow, in this piece, it probably (but just probably) looks like someone forklifted a bunch of wood into an Exhibit Hall and dumped paint all over it.
- Or it will be, once you cut me that check.
- In that, if this piece is ever put on display in a Major Gallery, all of a sudden, all of my writing will be worth more.
- And conversely, if any one of my books ever becomes a Best Seller, then this piece of Conceptual Art is far (far-far far-far-far far-far-far-times-infinity) more likely to be Instantiated.
- As in, Made Manifest in Reality.
GoodbyeOdd fact, most folks spend about 15 Seconds with the average piece of Art in an Art Museum... and the Average Artist, even less.
Now, if you will excuse me (and even if you will not), I must go.