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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

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posted by on January 15 at 10:30 AM

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Eric Eley’s Prospect Fields, two views.

At Platform Gallery.

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I love wireframes.

Posted by Greg | January 15, 2008 11:01 AM
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Not counting the warped breadsticks, the wireframe parts that Greg admires quite resemble the molecular stick-models of my chemistry-educator past.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | January 15, 2008 11:16 AM
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This speaks profoundly to the universal human condition.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | January 15, 2008 11:26 AM
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@3: Whatever, dude. Why can't anybody appreciate art because it looks cool? Is that too low-brow for you?

Posted by Greg | January 15, 2008 11:58 AM
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I just can't see it hanging above my sofa.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | January 15, 2008 12:55 PM
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@4 -- Wash your mouth out with soap (preferably, Guggenheim Museum-shaped soap, available at the gift shop).

In response to your query: yes, it is too low-brow for me.

In fact, any critic worth their Balinese sea salt (no doubt ingested by Gauguin himself!) would put more room between your base-level sentiment and themselves than that which exists between the Earth (an orbital body) and the moon (an orbital body orbiting another body, much as the work of the late Jeremy Blake circles the constantly moving pixels of videogrophy). Or something.

Intellectual appreciation of art demands the avoidance of elementary, uninflated verbage such as that proposed by yourself.

"Looks good?" HAHAHAHAHA -- the halls of academe echo in near bowel-control-losing paroxysms of laughter when you and your ilk show up at the gates.

You need to know that the appreciation of art is a syllable count, not an emotional reaction to works of tangible creativity.

But all is not lost: you merely need a good bottle of gin, a thesaurus, and a couple copies of Artforum -- you'll be writing perfectly passable criticism in no time.

Meanwhile, see you at the Artists' Trust Auction, where you'll no doubt be able to bid $50000 on a shellacked green bean, among other Great Examples of American Art (TM).

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | January 15, 2008 1:06 PM
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if its your constant schtick to bitch about any art that gets posted -- at least either have something intelligent to say or offer up something that you like so we can all rag on that. believe it or not Cornball, it's not necessary to weigh in on every post.

did you not like last year's Artist Trust Auction? because there was some really stellar art there last year! esp. jeffry mitchell (guest of honor)

Posted by Joey | January 15, 2008 1:44 PM
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@7 -- Pal Joey! You blunderbus. All right...here's a brief list of some art I like:

* The photography of Erwin Kneihsl
* Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car) -- Andy Warhol
* Hell -- Jake & Dinos Chapman
* Insult to Injury -- Jake & Dinos Chapman
* The pottery of Grayson Perry
* Anything by Hieronymus Bosch
* Early (pre-Talking Heads) Howard Finster
* Made in Heaven series -- Jeff Koons
* The Night Watch -- Rembrandt
* Nearly anything by James Rosenquist
* Nearly anything by Ed Ruscha
* Nearly anything by Cindy Sherman
* Skull Clown -- John Wayne Gacy
* Circle Dream series -- Mayme Kratz
* Hooped vase (Indigo) -- Geoffrey Baxter
* Gare Saint Lazare, Paris -- Claude Monet
* Nearly anything by Dan Flavin
* The $40,000,000 Beatnik -- Jeremy Blake
* Banksy is cute, but those prices!!!

And lots and lots of other people.

Pal Joey, I do not present this list as an inviolate list of artistic genius. You may very well hate everything on this list -- and that's OK!

It just so happens that 99% of what I see in Jen's postings is crap, IMHO. But that geometric watercolor stuff a few days ago was pretty kick-arse.

And believe it or not, I've purchased four pieces of art at recent Artist Trust Auctions -- i believe in supporting local art (and galleries), as long as it isn't garbage.

Thanks!

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | January 15, 2008 2:27 PM
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Jubilation T Cornball -- I think your list is great! We have lots of overlap. I really appreciate you putting yourself out there by posting this list. I had just (mistakenly) gotten the impression that you hate all "art". Clearly you have spent more time around art than I have and just have really strong opinions! I like it.

Posted by joey | January 15, 2008 4:09 PM
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@9 -- Joey, seriously, thank YOU for your response. I absolutely love art and am a passionate collector, and I can tell you care very much for it, too.

If you ever want to get together for a visit to a gallery or a drunken discussion of art, followed by sloppy, vodka-fueled sex, hit me up. In the meantime, thanks again for the cool reply.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | January 15, 2008 4:25 PM
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aw shucks - you'd just embarrass me. besides, i'm sure i've seen you make that offer before.

Posted by joey | January 15, 2008 5:10 PM
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It needs blue and green stuffed animals strewn about. Maybe some sort of splatter in the back right corner.

@5: Ditch sofa for bean bags. Invite Jube and Joey over. Bond.

Posted by Mr Catnip | January 15, 2008 5:46 PM
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@11 -- Suit yourself. And I haven't made that offer to ANYONE...in 24 hours.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | January 15, 2008 6:09 PM
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