Monday, October 03, 2005

 
Baird Jones cracks me up. I really enjoy getting the invites to his openings that take place almost weekly, 10-11:30 at a nightclub. Last week it was the Art of Dr. Kevorkian. This weeks its “Art by Beautiful Celebrities” including Elke Sommer, Kim Novak, Lucy Lawless, Rachel Weisz, Jennifer Garner. Imagin with me the art of Elke Sommer. Imagin. Has anyone out there ever been to one of these shows?

WE'RE FINDING THIS TO BE A BIGGER PROBLEM THEN EXPECED


Curiously, bad art messages are repeatedly crossing my flight path this week. In Mexico I saw a show of Jim Shaws thrift store paintings. Oddly, the museum curators put on their own show of Mexican thrift store paintings to accompany Jim's show. Yesterday I bought a book by Jean Baudrillard, the first 20 pages seems to be about bad art, or that art is bad, (it's a depressing read "The Transparency of Evil") and today I had a long conversation with a trusted painting confidant
about the state of affairs in Chelsea with underdeveloped, formulaic art dominating, or the spectacle that looks for a second or two like art but is souless...
Bad art, it's in the air. What gives? I was feeling today that Chelsea as a context in which to show in is shitty. It makes bad art look okay and good art becomes infected by the corporate atmosphere and just the sheer anount of work...

Comments:
In my one (and hopefully only) encounter with Baird Jones, he came off as a callow, manipulative freak. Must to avoid.
 
Just conversing with trusted art confidant #2 who remarked that bad art pushs good art out of the galleries because the bad art is easier to sell. Very interesting... he got this from a conversation with an art dealer who is aware of the problem but never the less, will show work he knows will sell over dificult and more interesting stuff.
We also we're reminising about the art crash of
89'. There were less galleries then, less investors less people whos livelyhoods depend on the art world...
 
THANKS FOR DEPRESSING THE HELL OUT OF ME TODAY CORNY GIRL. I WAS ALREADY IN A FRAGILE STATE! HA HA HA!
 
It is depressing, the Chelsea corporate blandness. Me put head into dirts. Me pretend it's not like that. I like the Jim Shaw bad paintings though. Inspiring?
 
Be my art chiropractor. Where would you place your own work on the good/bad spectrum? It sounds like as you've gotten older your view of your own work has moved from one toward the other. Which to which? In my big art manual it says bad art is superior because it more acurately reflects the darkness of the times. What better time for bad art than these? I thought bad art was good. Corny, I have a pain in my neck.
 
Corny message of the day: I like the idea that art is one soul talking to another soul. If our times are dark I want to hear that darkness reflected through personal expeirence, I want to connect with a personality in the work, something should be revealed. But I don't want to impicate the naif. maybe we should distinguish thrift store paintings from the self-concious underdeveloped formulaic "student grade work" pre-eminent in Chelsea?

I don't want to judge myself, thats someone elses job. Cadamit! you asking the hard questions. I have to keep my focus on being true to thyself and pushing forward. I've made some shit work and some work I think is pretty good.
 
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