is a man who digests his own subjective impressions and knows how to find a
general objective meaning in them, and how to express them in a simple form.'
The above translates roughly to; an artist is someone who finds ways to express
their ideas in ways that convey meanings to others.
‘As an artist, my task is not simply to make political art but to make art
Here, making art ‘politically’ means knowing full well the capacity of art as a
communicating, engaging and negotiating medium. To make art politically, in this
sense, is to take on a sense of responsibility for practicing in the particular
setting chosen by the artist for whatever cultural or social reasons outside the
artist’s own (self proclaimed) unique mind.
Why, you ask?
Because- good sirs (no you can't be a madam), the whole POINT which has
obviously gone amiss in the 'high ground' ideals of Modernism (if you don’t mind
me saying) is-
‘to reconnect the meanings of art to the meanings of lived experience. This is
not about creating or simply expanding audience. It is about transforming
consumers into participants or, more usefully, creating the conditions where
consumers can transform themselves into participants in the culture and
therefore in society. It is about art as vitamin rather than tranquiliser!’
Har har har.
Hence I have been arguing and probably will be arguing till my last breath,
thanks to the preposterous lack of any common sense or even the sparing of a
brain cell thereof amidst my fellow community members, to realise that art HAS-
‘to be understood, as it has functioned over the longer term anyway, not as a
decorative antidote to reality but as one means of comprehending and
transforming that reality.’
Stop drawing pretty patterns on the pink elephant. It has not and will not leave
the room. Until you construct a door big enough in your tiny occupied minds for
it to take its leave.
You want a sense of identity that transcends culture, race and country? Then
trust those among you that dare to dream. Trust the artists. Trust the (other
class of) brainiacs. Trust the lunatics. Trust yourselves.
'Creative practice, art- is a means of expression. Being able to express
ourselves and our opinions freely is part of what it means to be a citizen. And
a healthy society depends on it.'
Please promise to think about it. And remember, every time you say you don't
believe in Artists, all the sparkling dreams of a little painter, sculptor, poet
or bard in a town or street not so far from you shrivel up and die an untimely