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Art is an unmade bed: a normcore aesthetics manifesto

Posted in Uncategorized by Randall Szott on 09/25/2014

I don’t want art to ask any questions, unless it is “what would you like for dinner?” I want art to be predictable, like a romantic comedy that leaves you crying on the couch even though you knew they would end up together. I’d like it to sit in your lap and purr. Art should be like a mailbox – mostly junk, filled with ads, scams, bills, and the occasional birthday card. I don’t want art to teach me anything, unless it is how to make compost or how to organize my closet. I want art to be happy with what it has, I don’t want it to try to get ahead. Art ought to be gossip magazines in the waiting room. It should be a doily on your grandmother’s dresser. Art ought to be a cup holder in your car or the wrappers in the backseat. Or maybe art could be an armrest or bath mat. Art should be like a GAP ad. It should be paint peeling from a barn. I think art should quit being art, should change its name, go into the witness protection program. Art should be your new neighbor and wave to you from their driveway. I want art to be normal. You never have to know the crimes, the dirty deeds, or its sordid past. Art should be an unmade bed that sometimes gets fresh sheets when you’re having a party.

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  1. Randall Szott said, on 10/06/2014 at 19:59

    P.S. You can always count on e-flux to use about a thousand more words than necessary to discuss any concept. Also, K-Hole’s normcore is completely derivative of The New Sincerity only cloaked in a veneer of NYC/artworld bullshit.

    http://www.e-flux.com/journal/so-now-on-normcore/

  2. Scott HAwley said, on 12/17/2014 at 14:42

    I want art to induce a temporary coma on demand. Preferably around the time of the yearly state audit at the company I work for.


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