ARTIST PHIL KING COMMENTS ON THIS BLOGGER’S REFUSAL TO CARRY ON WRITING ABOUT CONTEMPORARY ART AS FOLLOWS:
‘I find that your blog seems based on a real engagement with a deeper art history than is allowed in the inertia of the contemporary art machine.it gives you a place to roll your eyes at the parade, and also pinpoint the way in which such history is used as a justification for the new. That is a good place to be in, but I imagine that specifically in the UK falls foul of two kinds of establishment climbing, the art history elitism with its rigid codes and also an underlying and disassociated social climbing venality in the current UK contemporary art set up. This means that your engagement ( apparently based refreshingly on genuine personal motivations that you wear on your sleeve) is being undermined from two directions, neither of which want to hear what you have to say. I’m sure that your efforts get better traction in less class inhibited environments.
As to what to do about it, I think ‘London’ is becoming more of a purely international phenomenon everyday and that the stuck and rigid nature of its institutions and their stifling investments in shallow self interested status quo’s is going to crumble, letting genuinely interested and interesting voices and their connections flourish rather than as now an inert and contradictory incomprehension ruling the day for the benefit of the callow. stifling difference with piety on one hand and cynicism on the other. You are in the right place doing the right thing… i can imagine that it’s hard to navigate, hard to avoid simply reacting, to keep in touch with why you’re doing it in the first place.’