Attended an Asian art exhibition, whose name eludes me, at an equally obscure place. Actually this took place quite some time back, though I'm only just getting around to blogging about it.
I thought the entire exhibition was rubbish from start to end... and perhaps I wasn't the only one who thought so. As much as the venue was overrun with "masterpieces", the organisers seemed oddly happy to display quotes like the one above, and certificates showing that the artists had to pay people to showcase their works.
Not sure if anyone paid for the one below (I hope not, or surely something is wrong with their psyche), a bottle of urine that is almost as old as me:
The placard that follows the exhibit reads:
The Artist's Urine was first performed in 1993 at Body Fields. Vincent's performance included a speech of the difficulties faced by artists in Singapore and the visual arts situation here, followed by the consumption of his own urine. His performace was a power statement -- about how sacrifices are needed.
Um, okay, Vincent.
More enigmatic than his attention-seeking act is the positive, sycophantic response it garnered. Forgive me for being conservative and traditional, but I think art by definition has to have a degree of beauty, whether direct or sublime. Urine has neither, and 15-year-old urine far less.
Vincent's message is certainly arguable, but as to its execution... perhaps I ought to eat my feces in public and say it's a statement on the degeneration of art. (Aspiring artists out there, don't steal my idea please.)
Art also cannot be overly simple to the point of being retarded.
I could have done this in 5 minutes. There is no symbolism, no aethestic appeal, and no visible effort. What makes this art, and not the stacks of notes on my table? (Durrr, because the artist paid someone to display it.)
I did not leave the exhibition feeling like I got my money's worth (even though it was free).
ETA: Apparently, I was too presumptuous to say that every artist paid for their pieces to be exhibited. Some are actually regarded as works worth viewing, and the paper display above may or may not be one of them.