Monday, July 24, 2017

A Revival-of-Crafts Manifesto (in progress)

Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry, Detroit Institute of Arts, 1933

Painting, sculpture or performance art are no better than bookbinding, stucco ornament, hand hammering, dry set masonry, or violin making.- Anonymous exploited craftsperson 

aLfrEdO tRIfF
Contemporary art as the church of Mammon

On Contemporary art 

Static, eroded self-presence in the now, looking yonder to its past, Contemporary art has no future.

Contemporary art builds its reputation on hubris financed by artblicity.

From artblicity comes impunity to distort: from the impunity to distort, comes the impunity to dismantle truth: from the impunity to dismantle truth comes the impunity to brainwash. Contemporary art is a form of brainwashing.

Contemporary art expresses pseudodesires. When you see it you want something, but you don't know what or why.*

Contemporary art is a state of aesthetic fetishismThe difference between the represented 14-foot tiger shark in Damien Hirst's The Physical Impossibility of Death In the Mind of Someone Living and a Carcharodon Carcharias majestically swimming in the subtropical Florida Straits is that the latter is not inside a vitrine filled with formaldehyde inside a white box.

Wake up! Contemporary art is a form of cultural hypnosis.

Contemporary art is a cheap mode of efficacy based on trendiness.

Contemporary art is redundant. Make it a goal to reinvent the art wheel.

The do's and don'ts

Stop cannibalizing art. Be original.

Don't make your art popular. Don't please everyone. 

Craft is the slow food of art. Bring craft back into your art. 

Don't explain your art. Good art doesn't need explaining.

Don't be sloppy. Whatever art you do, learn it thoroughly. 

Don't be a Mammon-sucker! If you hire someone do to art work for you, give them credit in your work.

Don't do art by looking at art magazines. Imitation is a form of limitation.

Seek effect and affect. Appropriation is cheap.

Avoid Photoshop. Bring back your drawing skills!

Art doesn't comment. Stop making art to make comments about comments.

Don't cheat. Achieving style is a slow process. 

Don't delegate any art/skill that you can master yourself.

Art making is community. Build community!

The hell with the past. Build futurity!

Stop mimicking Postmodern mimicking.

Avoid art fair art (better, go to Vegas).

Good art is not political. It is political because it's good.

Don't cheat. Learn your craft from scratch. No shortcuts! 

* Every line expressed here applies to this writer (he is YOU).

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