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[Art Strike 1990-1993]
The Categorical is Not So Imperative
"Today art no longer creates anything but the magic of its disappearance."
Who couldn't know by now that "art strike" is as phoney as a one dollar bill! It claims to be "a bad idea" and bad ideas are the finest art of our age! If you've heard of ART STRIKE-then it's done its art well, and of course, is self-nullifying. If you haven't heard of ART STRIKE, only then is there truly an art STRIKE-but, it hasn't MADE ITS POINT-a point it couldn't possibly have, because, (to you) it doesn't EXIST! Either/or way ART STRIKE is an artistically nullifying song and dance. A dance that reeks of the "CON" of CONceptual ART!
Art Strike is the best recuperative effort for Aesthetic Domination. A manic onslaught of "art" discussion may accomplish SOMETHING but it will never accomplish NOTHING; or create the vacuum that Art Strike claims to be. After all its arguMental bombardment, Art Strike subtly implies a finer and more scrutinous eye toward-WHAT?-ART! Art that will still thrive after Art Strike stops what it has allegedly stopped doing already. Inactivates its INACTIVITY! Art Strike even carries its own aesthetic "point of view" (a given in all "arts"). It betrays its MESSAGE by projecting optimism (for a brighter art future?) through its hol(e)y shroud of DOUBLE NEGATIVE DE-ACTIVITY. So much ANALysis and lingual PROBEing of the "IDLE IDEOLOGY of ART" bespeaks an "artistic" flair for "CREATIVE INVESTIGATION" bordering on obsession-and obsessive investigation ALWAYS "INVEST"s more than it detracts. As a matter of fact, shouldn't Art Strikers be DeTracting a little more, instead of issuing SO MANY TRACTS?
Art Strike portends that IDEAS will pull us from this malevolent mediation of "Inauthentic Existence." ITS IDEAS! Of course! Yet Art Strike should "create" NO IDEAs in that ideas are the (alleged) CURRENCY OF ART! This Intellectual Battling, rife with relentless philatelic finalities, merely assumes that "TRUTH" is a feat of exhaustion. Who gets to write the LAST WORD on Art Strike's picket sign? A picket sign that will (no doubt) settle in a "mail art" show somewhere.
Art Strike is an "artistic" rationalization of MASS ENNUI! It suffers the same problematic as its close pal - literary "deconstruction." IT ERECTS more to wade through. ART STRIKE is the eternal yammering that only speaks over and over about how it it going to SHUT UP. '93 will actually be the beginning of the Art Strike because that's when the "ART STRIKE" will truly SHUT UP!
Are Art Strikers painting with NOTHING on their brush?
IS ITS PICKET SIGN JUST A "FREAKY FRESCO"?
The games and the "yawning" will end in '93. Then it's time to ABOLISH ART! Because once we have abolished art, REVOLUTION will be the only art left!
ART ABOLITION COMMITTEE '93<infty>