Thursday, May 04, 2006

My Dissenting opinion

"I now give you my word of honor," he went on, "that the picture your city owns shows everything about life which truly matters, with nothing left out. It is a picture of the awareness of every animal. It is the immaterial core of every animal—the 'I am' to which all messages are sent.. It is all that is alive in any of us—in a mouse, in a deer, in a cocktail waitress. It is unwavering and pure, no matter what preposterous adventure may befall us. A sacred picture of Saint Anthony alone is one vertical, unwavering band of light. If a cockroach were ear him, or a cocktail waitress, the picture would show two such bands of light. Our awareness is all that is alive and maybe sacred in any of us. Everything else about us is dead machinery."

This is the passage I said should be included with the art piece for Mr. Lade, alongside the one you posted earlier, Max. There is also another paragraph after it which should maybe be included as well, but this is the important part.

And, Max, I still don't belive that this passage is meant simply to show how modern artists trick people, or whatever you said. I believe it is sincere, as evidenced by the start of the chapter immediately following this speech, which begins with the narrator saying "While my life was being renewed by [the artist] Rabo Karabeikan…"

Also, if you read about his work, it is obvious that Karabeikan is based on real-life minimalist artist Barnett Newman, who is covered in the last chapter of the art history book.

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At 8:28 PM, May 04, 2006, Blogger Samwalkertron said...

The quote, of course, is also from Breakfast of Champions.

At 10:23 PM, May 04, 2006, Blogger constant_k said...

Sam, you might have well have just titled this post "My Crappy Opinion." Because that's what it is--crappy.

Seriously though, if we're going to include huge quotes we kind of need to figure out how they'll fit in. In the field of avacado? Around the edges? Or completely seperate? I assign this task to you, Sam Walker. Godspeed.

And I have a feeling that perhpas Vonnegut was being SARCASTIC. His "life being renewed?" He was KIDDING. Rabo is being a self-important elitest jerk-off, and KV is making fun of him.

And remember: All modern artists hate you. The purpose of all modern art is to spite you, the viewer.

At 10:43 PM, May 05, 2006, Blogger Houley said...

Hang on.

Why does he need to explain his art? Isn't the purpose of art to convey an opinion?

Likewise, wouldn't that make Dada just as much art as anything else?

Maybe I just don't know what I'm talking about.

At 11:51 PM, May 05, 2006, Blogger Josh said...

dada is just as much art as other art, only shittier

At 10:19 PM, May 08, 2006, Blogger Houley said...


you're saying that this reflective tape on solid color is Dada?


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