Sunday, 9 March 2008

Quote of the Week

Summer Erek - Shed made of newspapers (2008)"Art is what you can get away with" (Rodney Pople: entrant for Archibald Prize 2008). Sadly, this is what is being taught in our art schools. And here's a prime example: a purported "interactive artwork" by "artist" Summer Erek. The cause may be worthy - recycling freebie newspapers given away in London -, but don't let anyone fool you that building a garden shed out of two tonnes of newspapers is "art". Even when the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation funds such a project, don't be fooled. Craft, maybe. Over fifty years ago, my father built his garden shed out of breeze blocks, wood and blue asbestos (the asbestos roof has been replaced!). It wasn't art then and it isn't art today. It's a DIY shed. Anyone who tells you it's an "interactive artwork", because the door opens and you can step inside, is a liar.


At 10/3/08, Anonymous jackeller said...

and HOW!

At 10/3/08, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, Jackeller.

Yes, sad, but true.

At 25/6/08, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just curious, is it the shed or the newspaper that so galling?

At 25/6/08, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Neither. It's the pretentiousness of calling something "art" that clearly isn't. It cons the punters, devalues the English language and takes the Mickey out of genuine artists trying to make a living by means of their talent.


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