addison4 wrote:Great post, this is an important subject.
One of the reasons BM works so well is because Larry Harvey has designed it to get around this commodity factor. I would also recommend Jeff Koons' work dealing with the unnerving commercial aspects inherent in art in addition to the artists mentioned above.
Larry Harvey really is a visionary:
Larry calls the non-commercial aspect the "punk" mentality; which is so important to individual art. It's amazing what happens when you remove all the commodity mentality from a group of people.
BM is society without the fetish of reducing everything to costs and profits, which is a beautiful thing. However, the raw fact is that making impressive BM art does cost a lot of money. Turning heads has always been seen as valuable, so money is still around; it still has a spiritual power. The good thing is that at BM money isn't used to control people, which you could argue is a different kind spiritual force. At BM we don't have people working menial jobs, in debt, paying rent: all controlled by finance. (Perhaps this last part is worthy of an art project.)
American society's 2 problems that BM has solved: 1) commodity (material) fetishism, 2) money as power and control of others. The one thing we can't solve: money is impressive.
Dr. Pyro wrote:I get, I suppose, the Larry-Harvey-As-God metaphore, but where the hell is the sex on this thread? Inquiring minds need to know.
melanie14 wrote:I've been reading along for a while now. I just wanted to drop you a comment to say keep up the great work.. thanks!
gaminwench wrote:Got my ArtMoney today...YAY, I'm rich!!! Thank you, dadara, it's beautiful!
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