I’ve been thinking about this for years now, but even though I think I’ve written about it before I have to write tonight in order to stop thinking anymore. I know this last claim is a lie.
How can’t it be, anyway?
As an artist I think you MUST think about this kind of things, also, if you consider yourself someone who thinks at all, this is something you should consider giving it a though.
I’ll try to keep my calm, otherwise this is going to become the mess that is usually my head.
So, art for art’s sake or l’art pour l’art.
Even though this french slogan is from the early 19th century some people have decided to burn it down, not today, not tomorrow, but always.
Sometimes I wonder what makes the human brain aware that everything they are saying, claiming, writing, thinking posses some kind of truth.
When I was a child, I remember having to think twice because everything I said was being questioned by my parents, and even though somethings shouldn’t be questioned, and I know that know, there are many thinks that should (A.K.A politics, specially when we’re choosing our next president in the blink of an eye).
What I’m trying to say is that I’m tired of people reactions to works of art. Every time I visit a museum that has any conceptual art work in one of their walls, roofs, or lying on the wall, or even written on a tiny brick with a permanent maker, everything seems to be questioned by people who think they know anything about it, when they truly don’t know. Claims like ‘My 5 years old could have done that’ specially bothers me, but I’m learning to ignore all those voices conjuring ideas that are completely dull.
Also, the idea of cameras taking pictures of everything, when the eyes of people who are holding those cameras like a bible are completely blind. I will always remember the first time I was in front of Starry night, by Vincent Van Gogh, one of my favorites, I don’t care it’s mainstream. I remember everyone with a camera, even two, counting their phone camera and everyone starting at the screen. I don’t get it, you are in front of fucking Starry Night and you keep on looking at your mobile or camera screen, imitating art.
I’m mentioning this because I think it’s related to the idea of rejecting L’art pour l’art.