Saturday, March 17, 2007

Technical Difficulties

Our server went down yesterday and we were forced to find an alternative internet connection pronto. It didn’t bother me at all, but it was a shock to see how much we depended on Verizon. My partner ended up at a local coffee place and sat with many others working on laptops happily with dark roast and muffins at hand. My response was to see if I could write coherently with a pen and paper sans keyboard. Guess what? It was tough.

1 comment:

Europa109 said...

Regarding your article 'Renaissance My Foot',
I couldn't agree more. Having spent quite a bit of time in London and NYC, it was a bit of shock coming back to Philadelphia and figuring out how the Philadelphia Art World really works. This whole town is about applying for things. That is not true of the major markets. The lack of a commecial contemporary gallery system has put the nonprofits and collaborative spaces in this town in positions of power. That in and of itself is not necessarily a problem. However, most of the nonprofits seem to pay very little attention to each other. Which seems to be why the same pieces of art are shown by the same artists at multiple venues across town. How many times do I have to see the same pieces over and over? That shows a distinct lack of vision and attention in regards to exhibition schedualing and curatorial accumen. I don't blame the artists. Why would they bother making another piece of work. However, strictly as a viewer it has to stop.
I'm also curious as to why there are so few active independent curators in this town. Sure, anyone can make a short list to contradict me. However, I have been to dozens of shows off the beaten mainstream track that curators and critics completely ignored. I'm not talking about coffee house shows with modernists and old lady watercolors. I'm talking banging contemporary art with heavy intellectual and philosophical content. Is it that the curators don't have access to nonprofit spaces? I don't get it.
I also think that there is a "its good enough" attitude that plagues this town. Theres too much work that is obviously not well thought or slapped together for no real reason other than laziness. Don't get me wrong, I love Rough and Tumble type work. But come'on don't insult me with unfinnished work. The opposite end of this discussion is Philadelphia's obsession with materials. I hear far too much discussion from artists, critics, curators, etc. that are fascinated simply by the making of things. Craft and materials are not art in and of themselves. There has to be more. Plus, am I the only one that is starting to think that the super refined object (IE Vox) is getting old? Am I the only one that thinks Locally Localized Gravity has nothing to do with art? More like an intro class on conceptualism. I've been around too long and seen too much to accept that as anything other than a PR stunt.
Anyway, I applaud your comments. Its heartwarming to hear someone breaking the polite silence that plagues this art community. I only wish that I could help.