The question is: how?
The first ripple in the pond of excessive art-expressions has been accomplished. I threw the stone and so far I only received approval concerning my statements. It means we are on the right track in dismantling the influence of the art-establishment. Before taking action, it is a matter of awareness and acknowledging the fact that decision makers in the art-world are travelling on the on the road of one-way traffic. The next step is creating a platform of protest and a structure in which this disapproval can become effective. It is good to know that I do not stand alone in this mission. I am aware that many artists, who loathe the dictatorship of curators and gallery-owners, are behind me.
What this platform will be and what it will look like is still ambiguous, but it will develop it contours along the way. We are living in a society and an era in which the gap between population groups is widening, be it wealth, religion and of course the art-world. There is a similarity with the year 1969 in which the revolution against authority, establishment and crusted conceptions flourished.
Back to the 60s
I live in the Netherlands (proud the say that this is the country of the masters of ancient art) and my country has a reputation of being rebellious. So it is no wonder that the movement to obstruct the domination of the art-elite starts in the lowland. Let me take you back to 1969 when actors protested against the old fashioned theatrical world in Holland. A few actors were so furious that they started ‘Action Tomato’. They threw rotten tomatoes to actors on stage; actors who represented the rusted repertoire and out-dated acting-methods. It would have been better to throw tomatoes in the face of the producers and theatre-directors, but they were invisible. The actors proved to be an easier target. Not a very subtle action, but an effective one, because the climate in the Dutch theatre-world changed dramatic, although it ended the career of some actors in a sad way.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want anybody to throw tomatoes to ridiculous works of art. That would only show disrespect and probably get a sequel like an insurance claim. So I do not call to destroy art, which is beyond reasonable appreciation. Everybody is free to express whatever he or she wants to express, whether you like it or not. The question is how to canalize the protest against the dominance of the art-elite and make a fist.
Feel free and become active
In my opinion it is a matter of exposing the debauchery. Let us make an inventory of all the crazy art-expressions, condoned and cheered by the art-professionals. In my next blog I will present a few examples of these anomalies in my country. I welcome all kind of suggestions in the international art-world in order to compile a guide of eccentric art and throw that in the face of the ones who are responsible for these washouts.
This is going to be an exiting adventure. Don’t be afraid to speak out. Something has to happen and somebody has to do it. That could be you!