Re: Re : (junk yard dog in) hidden place

Subject: Re: Re : (junk yard dog in) hidden place
From: Michael Gogins (
Date: Wed Sep 14 2005 - 14:04:02 EDT

I have some real experience in two arts, poetry and music, and family experience in painting. And I am completely convinced by these experiences that fine art is in a new situation these days. Almost by definition artistic purity, which I value, brings with it an audience of initiates -- mostly other artists of like feeling. This is a bad thing, but I don't know how to avoid it. Going for a larger audience deliberately seems to kill the art. At least, thanks to the Internet, it is possible for anyone anywhere to initiate themselves. That is a good thing, but I don't know how to really take advantage of it.


-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Wentk <>
Sent: Sep 14, 2005 12:25 PM
Subject: Re: Re : (junk yard dog in) hidden place

At 16:13 14/09/2005, you wrote:
>But for the people doing it, it is "new" and "experimental" ... no??=

Isn't that a parochial point of view given how easy it is to find out what
other people are doing?

I think the ubiquity of information is one of the things that makes the
current scene historically unique. So I don't think it's an reasonable
expectation of anyone who wants to pursue an art music career that they
should be as fluent in, or at least familiar with, as many different styles
and genres as possible, whether those styles are academically approved or not.

As for people who are experimenting - sure, they're welcome to experiment,
but it's up to audiences to decide whether or not what they're doing is
worth their time.


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