If you have to read the wall text in order to appreciate what the artist is intending to convey in their work, does the meaning of the work reside in the artwork or the wall text? So many artists today feel compelled to justify their artwork with references to obscure/non-western traditions or myths. So many others feel compelled to justify their artwork with references to commonly shared contemporary/western ironies and banalities. So few attempt to make art that is an end in itself. And as an end in itself more than merely itself, just as an object in nature is its own thing but profoundly meaningful to others precisely because of its singularity. Instead, artists continue to dig up dead deities or stencil pop culture in order to simulate artistic substance. In this town, far removed from the poles of NY and LA, why don't more artists abandon shared and threadbare references and, instead, make authentically new references?
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