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SWISS ARTIST ANGELA LYN REFERS TO THE SYNERGY THAT ENGAGED ART CRITICISM BRINGS ABOUT:

‘Maybe because my brain, when it is uncluttered, tells me that defense does not grow consciousness: the latter rather comes from curiosity, an open dialogue and a willingness to extend one’s boundaries. ( This could all sound very middle class to the cynical mind but this, in my opinion, would be a false conclusion, and one that would suggest fear).

If art is to be of integrity and truth, first and foremost one has to begin by being integral oneself, as artists, curators, gallerists, collectors…and I actually I believe this can be quite infectious. I have difficulty to sit around too long and only blame the others for what is missing. In this sense Rodrigo manages to talk about art at its best and inspire the reader with possibilities. Once the lid is off, all sorts of energy can be triggered. Confrontation is essential but if one gets stuck in negative complaint, at some point it becomes redundant. One certainly has a sense of desperation and indignance in the face of a fraudulent art market, but this at best should be the trigger to motivate one to ask fundamental questions and look for fundamental answers to promote positive change. Looking for what is, remains essentially more creative than focussing on what is not.

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Perhaps the most inspiring way to challenge the fraudulent wave is to simply give as much as one can and try to stay close to something honest. I think on the whole people feel this sort of energy; feel when something is true. I find it offers a better parameter for one’s own work to assume your viewer is very smart rather than very stupid. It keeps one on one’s toes. And as Steph mentions science no doubt plays its skeletal role: I recently was talking to a 90 year old chinese man , a former electrical research engineer: he was telling me about the infra-red energy between people and how it varies and theoretically could be precisely measured. He said if he had his time over, that is what he would focus on. Quite mind blowing.’