WUNDER ART CRITIC MATTHEW COLLINGS REACTED TO MIKE’S ARTICLE ON ‘INSTALLATIONS AS FAST-TRACK’ ON THIS BLOG AS FOLLOWS:
…I do very much agree with the title, if it’s saying anything like what I imagine it is. That is, that capitalism demands fast production generally; the one thing it doesn’t have any time for is time. It wants to speed everything up. A very aesthetic kind of art does take a lot of time — both to make and also to get the conditions right generally so the making can be done and have some meaning. A kind of art geared to issues outside of aesthetic ones doesn’t need to have any of that. We’re conditioned to think at the moment that art generally is being retooled to deal more efficiently with world problems, and not waste everybody’s time just dealing with itself (with “art “). But really it’s just being made more efficient capitalistically.
THEN ARTIST BILL RABINOVITCH ADDED:
Here’s what I think. All this talk of 2014 art & the market — so a new Facebook agenda for the 100,000 new MFA’s yearly becoming part of things — of course not only them but suggesting the effect vast numbers can have on wider public consciousness added to existing millions of artists. Have Facebook itself back this as a responsible idea both to humanity & the planet. Instead of most artists rushing finding a slot in the galleries mostly dead set against the purpose of real art, encourage their higher goals to influence society. The system now only wants irrelevant market art. The current system cares nothing — ZERO — about the higher goals of art & how artists & their art should be functioning for the betterment of society.
So, a new purpose & dance for Facebook — as a platform beyond the paucity of goals of the “art system” — leading more artists actually becoming better powerful artists of consequence — than they ever might joining lightweight art movements today — forever totally truncating their potential & transcendent depth as human beings. The system now only encourages dumb but very clever artists willing to play the game & that becomes the way things are defined to the detriment of wider society. Encourage art raising awareness toward saving the planet as a goal as a far wider agenda. Many past art movements were similar — incredible belief systems in tact — standing on their own — despite all & everything set against them. Most even Matisse or Van Gogh, Picasso, never initially imagining their own concerns would ever become part of the things.