5 Jun 2012
YES! I agree, Les.. and Cube. It is a sad (pun intended) conmemtary that we are not supposed to be unhappy about the atrocities that happen in our lives today. Have a teenager who is giving you hell? You're stressed out not mad at the ungrateful little wretch. Have a husband who cheats or flirts? Hey, you aren't hurt and heartbroken, you're paranoid and controlling. Lose your job through no possible fault of your own? It must have been because you were negative, not disheartened. HUH? Somebody please give us back sensible paradigms?
20 Feb 2013
This article is just awful. I don't even know where to begin. It starts off ok.... then goes off the deep end. There are so many assumptions being made here and a ton of loose ends.
I guess the one question that NEEDS asking is: what is "artistic subject matter"? My first reaction is that this is hogwash! It must be explained because I am sure... in fact I know there is no such thing.
The reason I am so infuriated is because I work hard as an educator to open narrow minds, and the closed-mindedness of this article is appalling. This kind of thinking is disheartening. I will also explain that the inverse sort of narrow thinking (the belief that contemporary/conceptual/etc art is superior to that of others) is something I do not accept either. What makes an artwork successful is based on the terms it sets for itself, not a hierarchical or didactic formula-whether traditional or "avant-garde". I am not saying there are bad artworks... there are many, but an artwork operates within a set of rules and expectations that reside in the content, subject and making set forth by its instigator.