Monday, November 22, 2010

Extending Art Borders -- Good bad and Poo Poo

Paul McCarthy’s Complex Shit
We all know the art world is strange, we are a bit strange or we wouldn't be part of it. I have often had conversations with my artist friends on what appears to be a prevalent trend in the industry today, weird art.  It seems the value of realism, modern art, abstraction has dwindled.  Don't get me wrong, it still sells, and it is still out there-- but a there is a tipping toward the bizarre.  It's happening everywhere, maybe its a technological based shift, or maybe we have all gone mad.  I am not opposed to it, I am just noting it. Shows like 'Work of Art: The Next Great Artist' highlight this phenomenon by having artists compete.  Let the craziest, porniest, stinkiest, dookiest win.  So what does all this mean... Does it trickle down everywhere?  Have you started thinking about your own art in different ways...
*On a side note, craziness historically always had a place in the art world--  right now it looks to be happening more.


  1. I can't believe you used the word "trickle" in this piece. :)

  2. Rather than poo I see walrus on the beach. They're ugly they're brown and they stink. They should have added some function to this art like public urinals or a scratch and sniff patch.

    Trends like this poop up all the time. They come and go and they have their day in Juxtapose magazine. We need these poo carvers to keep pushing the envelope while other keep refining older styles and cling to less disturbing ambitions. It takes both. Hay stacks aren't as pretty without a few piles of poo laying around to bring us all back down to earth.

    Personally I hate it. But I didn't buy it.


    clint scism