Thursday, September 20, 2007

Fuck Art, Let's Dance (Again)

Australians don't like to think. Too much Australian art is valued for its 'curb appeal'. Scratch its surface and there's nothing more to it: as someone once said of L.A., there is no there there.
To obscure their intellectual and spiritual barrenness, local artists pen statements filled with simplistic notions plumped up with dull, omni-referential jargon and inane, self-inflating 'brand positioning'. Their collectors just skim over them, not because they're smart but because, being Australians, they are nothing if not pre-Socratic. They don't like to think. They blanch at the sight of too many long words. Even if they pretend to understand them, all they really care about is the surface: if it looks slick and glossy, it must be good.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

By that are you meaning you don't consider yourself an Australian artist?? It seems quite a broad generalization to say all Australian Artists are like that. I know quite a few who don't fit into the category of inane, intellectually and spiritually lacking- particularly a lot of Photographic artists. I do think there is a lot of crap art out there and I also think that there is a lot of great art that is underappreciated because people don't like to think too hard about it. But I wouldn't say Australians as a whole don't like to think. Perhaps just a large chunk of them. :)
~Rachel

Daniel Sanger said...

I would say rather than just Australians, nobody in the world generally likes to think:) Sad but true. People have become far too lazy with attention spans of 2 year olds.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps we take ourselves too seriously. so Be It

Anonymous said...

Have you not been guilty of this same inane, self-inflating 'brand positioning? Aren't you still doing this with your 'blog' that seems to be trying to create this larger-than-life "hazel dooney" that many wouldn't even know? If people don't think about your art, does that mean they don't like to think or perhaps their life has other meaning? What next? All niggers don't like to think? Or do you only see this as racism if there's a colour to it?

Anonymous said...

You sound like Germaine Greer. Australians don't like to think? How ironic you should say that...