Thursday, October 22, 2009

but is it art?

We should expect contemporary art to push boundaries. In doing so, it may be controversial as was the winning entry at this year's Trust Waikato Contemporary Art Award. No doubt the judge's choice contributed to a 53% increase in visitor numbers at the museum compared to the previous September.

Dane Mitchell's Collateral, a pile of discarded packaging, is conceptual art where it is the idea that is important. It has also been described as "pretentious, self-indulgent, craftless tat". More critically, this particular idea has been done before.

As judgement rather than rules prevail in art, you may wish to decide for yourself.

Monday, October 5, 2009

on blogging

Blogs can be rabid rants or thoughtful comments on the issues of the day akin to talkback radio, letters to the editor or media opinion pieces. Some are intensely personal and may read like diary entries.
So they are then the written word - good, bad and indifferent - in a new medium in this digital age. Are blogs the no cost vanity publishing of the 21st century or more?