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▼A Note on a vision of: The End Of ‘Commercial Art’

10/11/2010

As the political reality in the world continues to dissolve into fascism,  poverty,  death and ecological disasters,  the artists who became professionals over the past decade,  drinking from the new corporate investors and giving them empty mindless art will be written into history as complicit.

We will see that these artists are frozen in place by the seriousness of the economic investment in their work and they will be incapable of addressing the horrors of reality.

The word ‘precious’ describes one aspect of the lack of emotion & the lack of a relationship to political reality in most art. Artists are too guarded; too professional.

It is extremely important now,  for example,  for artists to approach shows as extensions of work always already in process in daily reality.  To treat a gallery show as just another day is an escape from the slow dead time frame of standard shows that are typically controlled expensive long lasting epics.  Escape the corporate push for long precious shows that dictate the lives and progress of artists.

In all ways,  in all of our gestures as artists,  we have to escape professionalism.

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“You better know, know you’re alive” – Tricky; live version of Hollow

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Candee permalink
    10/11/2010 7:46 pm

    very cool.

  2. Bob Boldt permalink
    10/11/2010 9:55 pm

    Your masthead says it all:

    “The modern artist eats exile; is resistance; seeks visions.”

    Sadly, I don’t know when it has ever really been otherwise. The piper/patron/market ultimately calls the tune. Imagine the dream of Albert Speer who was offered a chance to build the city of his dreams for a madman.

    Peace,

    Bob Boldt

  3. 10/12/2010 12:30 am

    I love the part: “The word ‘precious’ describes one aspect of the lack of emotion & the lack of a relationship to political reality in most art. Artists are too guarded; too professional.” — Well stated! On cor!

  4. Danny C. Sillada permalink
    10/12/2010 2:37 am

    I truly agree; thanks for the link from FB.

    Best,

    Danny

  5. 10/12/2010 4:23 am

    It is a difficult point to make when I say that perhaps the reason my work doesn’t sell is that it doesn’t translate as money

  6. 10/12/2010 2:10 pm

    “or artists to approach shows as extensions of work always already in process in daily reality. To treat a gallery show as just another day is an escape from the slow dead time frame of standard shows that are typically controlled expensive long lasting epics. Escape the corporate push for long precious shows that dictate the lives and progress of artists.”

    I’d love to get into a more in depth discussion on this and hear more of your thoughts on this. Right now I’ve been drowning in shows, good shows, but the work load is tremendous and the turnover of work is back breaking. I could use a little of the long a slow to have time to develop the new work and new ideas that I feel passionately interested in and excited about. It feels a bit of a conundrum to me. I get it. I agree with your point on the high level, and on the practical level, I haven’t yet found a way to make it work.

  7. Denise Marts permalink
    10/12/2010 11:18 pm

    Art has been undergoing a long, slow process of degeneration into the market commodity we see today from its original purpose of a calling into a special form of spiritual practice. This process of decay has been taking place for several millennia now. We’re hitting rock bottom in this process of distortion now.

  8. Daryoush permalink
    10/14/2010 5:19 pm

    to approach shows as extensions of work always already in process in daily reality. To treat a gallery show as just another day is an escape from the slow dead time frame of standard shows that are typically controlled expensive long lasting epics.

    So true and so urgent.
    Thanks Damien

  9. 10/21/2010 10:43 am

    Full heartely agreed

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  10. Kentaro Masuda permalink
    06/11/2011 8:59 pm

    Nice to ,meet you.Damien, you simplify issues too much.

  11. 06/07/2012 9:02 pm

    “In all ways, in all of our gestures as artists, we have to escape professionalism.” Well said.

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