Nice rant. I thought it was articulate and well informed on the dire situation of not only your home country’s environment but also the state of the environment worldwide. I agree with you on every aspect of our consumer based culture you touched on. Unfortunately, your ideas of art are fatuously narrow. And when I see an “art critic(?)” with such a bad case of tunnel vision, it makes me sad and I have to say...
Amanda, please don’t use a site I trust for art reviews to regurgitate everything you’ve just learned from this week ecology lecture. When I want a rage rant about the environment I go to any number of news sites, most of which are attempting to bring new information to the reader not just the same old stuff recycled(no pun intended). After all, articles on the subject are published every hour of everyday, be it by environmental blogger or major news source.
You are aware your veiw of art is out of date? Well, forget “antiquated”, you simply don’t understand what Finley’s art is about. For you to understand it you would have to realize that a picture of a dump with some seagulls flying over it and a pithy or sarcastic quote beneath it doesn’t grab anyone. No, I think it’s safe to say we are desensitized to that ancient form of environmental advertising. Perhaps it’s time we, as environmentalists, started appealing to another side of humanity. If only artists, the creative arbiters of civilized society could think of some way...
... oh, hey! Enter Finley with an eye grabbing idea that appeals to our aesthetic eye and has us gathering around dumpsters.
oh and Amanda, please refrain from patronizing us; a little wall paper doesn’t make me forget that there’s a dumpster underneath it and I doubt it has that affect on anybody else.
As for the only thing about Finley’s artwork you criticized that wasn’t environmental “Wallpapering a dumpster is like wrapping a tiger in tissue paper: that shit is NOT gonna last.”- was there a water proof seal on the wall paper, or was it the artists intention to let it peal away during the first rain? I’m kidding Amanda, I know, that you don’t know shit about shit that isn’t about the environment.
Hoping you stop publishing on this site,
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