Re: Postmoderinism : Revised quick guide

Subject: Re: Postmoderinism : Revised quick guide
From: lawrence casserley (
Date: Wed Oct 05 2005 - 13:56:10 EDT

On 5 Oct, 2005, at 18:25, Ryan Supak wrote:

> I don't think it's best to cast all "extremely personal" art into the
> category "masturbatory".  I think that characterization is
> disingenuous, since it does an intellectual sleight-of-hand; a
> negative connotation is flatly placed on the activity without actually
> having to justify it.

I agree with that - definitely not all "extremely personal" art falls
into that category - but some maybe.
> That being said, I can think of one disadvantage of "doing art" to
> please others: in my opinion it can make art less personal and less
> sincere.

But this ignores the idea of "relationship" - any person exists not as
an independent entity, but in relationship to other people - inevitably
art must have some element of this relationship - art is not just a
personal activity, but also a social activity. The balance between
these is one of the things that makes an artist "successful"; ie, if
you are not original enough, then you wil not rise above the noise
floor, but if you do not give at least some people something that they
want you will have no audience.
> I think human nature is such that people will often alter their
> behavior based on a positive or negative reaction from others.  So,
> it's not hard to imagine a scenario in which a person's mode of
> artistic expression is gradually shaped by a crowd's response.

But it's also possible to imagine a scenario in which an artist
examine's the work and the response critically, and so improves the
interface between self and society.
> Before long, sometimes, the artist is not working with their "true
> voice" anymore, they're working with a set of tricks developed to
> please their audience.
In that case the analysis of the "relationship" must be faulty.


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