..... It seems the only choice left as an independent artist is to destroy my reputation in the art world and be an outsider. Work outside art theory, live where the action is. Can a single individual produce anything universal under such conditions? It would surely underline the contradiction of an art system that insists on well behaved artists, good little boys and girls who won't disturb anyone. A recent lecture at Power Plant in Toronto made me realize how we are now considered the playthings of the rich and powerful. There's just too much money and everyone's a lapdog. Anyone have any pride left?
..... Deconstruction is perhaps the trendiest of yesterday's movements. Work that tears the facade off vested-interest power economies, such as Hans Hacke's tenement exhibition, banned from MOMA. That's as close as anyone ever got to criticizing the system. We all gotta live. This may be an impediment to thinking any thoughts that would rock the boat, a severe limitation on creativity, this subservience to the status-quo. To criticize the art world itself,the schools we grew up in and the curators we depend on, would be career suicide.
Perhaps that is exactly what is needed to reform this antiquated Church.
Not in the Buddhist sense of self immolation. More like stepping outside
the pale, to show that creative activity is not beholden to recognition,
but the best examples of it are beyond the range and influence of human
society. They are closer to the spiritual as well as the organic, coming
from instinct and nature to refresh and revitalize a tired society.