OUR COLUMNIST GIVES HIS OPINION ON MARTIN CREED’S SO-CALLED EXPRESSIVE CONCEPTUALISM (CURRENTLY ON SHOW AT THE HAYWARD GALLERY):
‘The usual problem with “conceptual art” and installations is… its vagueness. The chain reaction of thoughts produced by other explicit means of Art is substituted with a large rainbow of ideas to which the audience is exposed and subjected (even in the case of a single word)… En another words, the artist-guide disappears in the middle of the trip leaving the viewer to experience on its own the environment. The work of art transforms itself into a Swiss army knife with many uses, and depending of the individual experiences and understanding, the resulting meaning can be entirely disparate between two different people since the difference between feelings and ideas is their rationality (ideas are tightly form in our heads like an atom’s nucleus and feelings exist on a cloud difficult to pinpoint, but real)
Now, about the Lauson-Dauson theory of kissing ass criticism, imagine that you could place all the matter, energy, time, and space of the Universe in a single water glass, filling it to its brim. Everything that you could think would be contained inside the glass, like millions of galaxies and the space between them. Since everything is there, nothing could be added, and nothing could be lost.
Thus, all the knowledge that we could obtain from all the possible galaxies and other celestial objects, would be contained in the glass, including the meaning of life. Now, imagine that it would be possible for you to stir the contents, mixing the ingredients without spilling anything out of the glass. Then you look at the result concluding that the idea of the Universe that you had, has changed. The mixture doesn’t look the same. How is that possible? you may ask. If all the thoughts, matter, space, time, etc. is contained inside, how can it change? You have added an ingredient that wasn’t there before and affected the entire mixture. You have added “will” in the form of movement or energy and that is why is possible that 2+2=5. In another words, if we want to transform the YBA’s (or the numbers of this subscribers to this blog from 5000 to 5 million) either we change the means, or we add some type of energy…’
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