Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Olly And Suzi

Anyone familiar with this duo? I watched a show on them last night on BBC in which I saw them trying to scrawl a drawing underwater and then tossing another to a shark to take a bite out of! The artwork ultimately and inevitably looks shit but they claim that they are producing a more visceral kind of piece, tossing around phrases like 'capturing the essence' without any appreciation of the true meaning of the words. It seemed to me just another chapter in the debasing of modern art that taps into peoples fears of looking stupid if they admit that they don't like something or don't 'get it'. And don't get me started on Jackson Pollock (yeah, I went there!). Anyway, the show was like a 'Spinal Tap' of the art world. yeah, yeah, I know what everyones thinking, 'well paul, art should be subjective and just 'cos you don't like it...' and so on. Agreed, there'll never be a popular concensus as to what is good and what is bad but I'd subscribe to what a famous artist said recently in that 'Art should be an emotional thing, not an intellectual thing - it speaks to the heart, not the mind', or something like that. Oh yeah, and 'Olly', who produces these pieces of rare animals in an effort to attract public awareness to their dwindling numbers shoots deer for fun! Laters!

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