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As the graffitist hones his craft, I sit back and sharpen the graft, of some lacerating mumbles, while the world around me stumbles.

As I look back at the blog I’ve been writing these past years, it has been called to my attention the harshness with which I’ve dealt certain subjects. My only plea, a protection if you will against a total misanthropy, is that what I’ve been attempting to achieve is a critical vandalism of culture akin to the scrawling on walls and freight trains so prevalent around the USA, if not the world. The abject adoption of a subject by writing on it is Graffiti’s stock and trade. But what the twit gravely sees on the wall the auteur prides, and so it is with my blooming rants and tirades against all that compends the world.

The general image of culture isn’t pure however it isn’t exactly swampy either. For someone like myself to rail against and latch on to aspects I find disagreeable isn’t exactly agreeable, but then again I don’t depend on culture for my sustenance so a unique viewpoint is the one I accept.

Evan Kerry

2014

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The culture of a people reflects them. When this culture is bent towards profit through creativity it can be used for any number of things. Commercial culture has its’ creators and the above mentioned are certainly in their respective pantheons.  Their reflections are supposedly untrue, even to the ideal vision of the mass of people reflected upon.

These crass sayings and thoughts about Miyazaki and Rockwell penetrate though they do not gain access to the creator’s vitality. It is a vitality which feeds upon how people would like to view themselves. It shows a courage, an optimism, a belief that the span of living can improve with improvements to a culture. However clearly these two artists harken back to a time that never was, their visions speak volumes for the hopes and fears of their represented cultures.

Rockwell has critically taken a beating for decades and yet Miyazaki is adored. Will one fade while the other brightens? The focus is on you.

Evan Kerry

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After visiting a certain Bush League MFA show and then going to the Brooklyn Museum for the Gustave Caillebotte show my wheels and gears, pulleys and levers started grinding, (Yawn! most decidedly.) and I came up with an original thought.  Now if the Impressionists were avant-garde or whatever you would like to call their mode of expression what on earth should we call contemporary artists who flock to the institutions, schools and academia for patronage, protection, productivity and so forth?  Well I would clearly state that the Salon, Academy, call it what you will, is back and even harder to get into than when Caillebotte was painting. Only now, one’s concept of the thing is what moves one forward, well yeah one could say that it was highly conceptual to just focus on the play of light upon the landscape as the Impressionists did. But I might argue that at least they had some skill and proficiency in the traditional art of representing something figural. Now it is:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aeQ3DmKU7A Anything Goes! I mean not to disparage anyone in particular but! my disdain for video pieces can only rise with the tide and fall, irrevocably into indolence. Video pieces are an indicator of sorts for the theme here. That the avant-garde has been institutionalized and is now fed three hot meals a day and given its’ cot to slumber upon. All of the rage, passion and fuel for any new movement must somehow go through a credibility game of conceptualization and a process of gross, misleading mystification in order to sparkle and find its’ place on stage. The revolution isn’t televised it is just hypnotised, made a commodity and sold to you in the form of an MFA, BFA or in Russia you can buy one at a subway station. But lets not leave it at that, here is a fascinating website that I found which lists hundreds of artists on its’ programmable site: http://www.indexhibit.org/participants/

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