Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Feeble Painting

from SHARKFORUM: Opinion with Teeth

8 comments:

Pete said...

I feel implicated because I like Chewbacca, D&D and Sonic Youth.

There is a funny turn-of-phrase here because the author is employing all of the techniques he is mocking.

Ryan said...

yes pete, but i've seen your drawing and you do not draw like the goobs this guy is implicating.

he's talking about the abundance of stoner or "lazy" drawing that is out there right now. ugh. i cringe everytime i a show like that. i just went to the art fairs in chicago and saw a lot of bad, nerdy, not-trying-too-hard art.

there is also quite a bit of I'm-toughguy-with-a-beard-who-likes-deathmetal-and-draws-skulls art, too.

Mr. Alex said...

What is this stuff like? Napkin drawings? Link plz :-)

I see lots of contentless-"Woo-Tits!" work over at Juxtapoz, but much of it is done rather skillfully...

Mr. Alex said...

...er, make that "Moo-Tits!"

Don Jason said...

The weblog that I linked to is a group of artists, organizers, critics, and historians based more or less in Chicago that argue and lament in very thorough ways about why the art scene there is "problematic" at best.

They mostly blame a donor driven "bootlicking" curator class, but the blame gets thrown around quite a bit. The arguments can at times be repetitive and heavy handed as straw men are torn down.

At the moment the contributors to Sharkforum such as Wesley Kilmer and Mark Staff Brandl are busting blood vessels because an artist named Karen Kilimnik got a show at the MCA and was on the cover of Art in America.

I saw a little and heard about a fair amount of this stuff while I was in Chicago for the +3 Art Show. I never saw Ryan so worked up about a small gallery exhibition . . . Spittle, yelling.

I get the impression that people that take art in Chicago seriously are feeling insulted that this kind of painting is trendy right now.
As they should.

Pete said...

Chad,Amber and I went to the MCA when I was in Chicago in March. We were appalled by aforementioned show, and walked away saying, "Fuck you, Karen."

I wouldn't say that lack of draftsmanship or craft was why Kilimnik's work was so grating for us, or at least it was way down the list of complaints. Her drawing and painting were in style very much like Pettibon, and I don't mind him.

What's at work is a MySpace-mindset that replaces personal vision with liking-things.

Warhol's ghost is having its revenge on boring academic types who mistake theory for religion.

Mr. Alex said...

Karen Kilimnik

Truly awful! Insultingly bad :-( I wonder who's knob she had to twattle to get said recognition...

Ryan said...

it is insulting....
jason's right i get mad........











............it makes me want to tear it off the fucking wall.