Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The artist leaves home...

Hickey emphasized that our obsessive mobility is a great thing. Artists leave home to find places where they fit in and places that embrace chaos and change, because art cannot survive in an environment where change and excitement are not privileged. Our country is clearly divided between those places that resist and hate change and those places that embrace it: the red states versus the blue states. This makes art an almost exclusively cosmopolitan practice and separates it from provincial art, which confirms the assumptions of mainstream culture. This, he said, is the main difference between good and bad art; bad art is invisible precisely because it fulfills the standards of the moment, like the lyrics of an N'Sync song. Click here for more of assistant art professor, Thomas McGovern's article on Dave's Lecture.

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