June 13, 2020
You don’t have to win to have fun. It doesn’t take long to learn the rules -and to play well. But, reflecting on the mediocre return for the effort, I understood that it is futile, in the long run, to play against the house. Seasoned players know this, but they also know and enjoy the perks of betting big. It’s a lifestyle, and, therefore (to me), art. Artists take raw materials, including consumer products, unique valuables, things of unknown or of little use to others, anything, that is, which has surplus value. Anything not absolutely essential has surplus value, and is, therefore, redundant. Art is simply redundant. Get over the guilt. Alternatives to material criticism, if it is a work of art, be they in an art gallery, a loft, a studio, count as such. Most Postmodern art seems to fall into this latter category. This is a dilemma for the old, unsatisfactory response to the class struggle against excessive cost, which sees resistance as futile. When any material need is situated in the supply chain, establishing a precedent by giving new meaning to substance, it is an explosion of the cultural process, regardless of value. The artist is not generally opposed to the glory of anarchy.