Wednesday, November 7, 2007

“Seriousness” as a form of infectious stupidity

From the recent (amazing) article/interview with Dave Hickey by Sheila Heti over at the Believer (many thanks to Mark Creegan for bringing it to light).

"And you must want to win. I don’t want to be rich, but I want to win. I want my enemies to fall in shambles. I do not want to be fair. I want the art I hate to go away. If you want your art to stay around, and I hate it, get your own fucking critic! So I am not in favor of art—I’m in favor of the art I like."

Hell to the yes.

He also gave us that lovely line (co-opted from Alec Waugh): “Seriousness” as a form of infectious stupidity.


Mark Creegan said...

Thanks for reminding me of that snippet, which adds to my morning reflection on why in the hell OPAQ gallery wasnt included on the Artwalk calender? Could it be we are in a low-grade, under-the rug cultural war around these parts? Let me take my anti-paranoia pill and get back to me later on that one.

Nick Wagner said...

Wow...I have to have dinner and drinks with this person. Sometimes the art community gets so caught up trying to validate some "new" or "interesting" artist or method that it forgets that it can sometimes just boil down to the old saying," I don't know art, but I know what I like." That is to say, art appreciation IS a subjective experience. It is ok to bash something that everyone else seems to like. Not to be a dick , but to simply say, " I don't think that's worth the canvas it was painted on." After all, who wants to have their time wasted with food they don't want to eat, people they can't stand, clothes that don't fit, and music they don't enjoy. Why should art be any different? No one said we all had to agree. Believe me, Madeleine and I have ended up glaring at each other over artistic appreciation differences across a dinner table, but in the end, it's just more interesting when we DON'T agree all the time.