The Civilized Critic

The one I received a letter from a certain editor mentioned that he was not inclined to believe that “the artist – a kind of monkey, whose behavior becomes understandable only by the civilized critic”. Perhaps this is good news for the artists and for the monkeys. Filled with such confidence, I hope to meet editorial expectations. Take advantage of a baseball metaphor (if an artist prefers to hit the ball in the box, the other – to stand quietly and wait for the ball the pitcher himself fall into it), and to thank you for the opportunity to fight back on their own *.

The kind of art that I do, I called conceptual art. In conceptual art the most important aspect of work – this is an idea or concept. This means that all plans and decisions are made beforehand and the execution itself is a formality. The idea becomes the mechanism that creates art. This kind of art is not theoretical and does not illustrate a theory. Conceptual art intuitively; it involves all types of mental activity; it is useless. As a rule, it does not depend on the craftsmanship of the artist. For the artist, dealing with conceptual art, it is important that the viewer intellectually perceived with interest work, so he will try to make him emotionally dry. However, there is no reason to assume that the conceptual artist is going to direct the viewer’s boredom. The only thing that might alienate the viewer from perceiving this art – this expectation of emotional pleasure, brought up a familiar intercourse with expressionist art.

Conceptual art is not necessarily logical. The logic of work or series of works – is a tool that is used only occasionally in order to be destroyed. The logic can be used as camouflage for the real intentions of the artist. It can give the viewer an illusory feeling that he understands this art. Sometimes the logic necessary to create paradoxical situations (eg, logical versus illogical). Some ideas are logical in the form of concepts, but illogical in perception. Ideas do not need to be complicated. Many successful ideas is ridiculously simple. The apparent simplicity of successful ideas related to the fact that they seem obvious. Working with the ideas, the artist is free to surprise even himself. Ideas emerge intuitively. Not so important, it looks like a work of art. He will certainly have to look like something if it has physical form. No matter what form it takes at the end, it is important that it started from the idea. The artist most care processes of thinking through and implementing the concept. At the time when the product is endowed with physical reality, it becomes an open perception of each, including the artist. (The word “perception” I use to refer to the ability of the representation of reality, these feelings, objective understanding of the idea and simultaneously a subjective interpretation of both). A work of art can be perceived only after it is completed.