proficiency and pathology
Post #489 • March 9, 2005, 6:46 AM • 39 Comments
"Proficiency and Pathology: Postmodernism in the Foundations Classroom," delivered recently by Walter Darby Bannard to the College Art Association in Atlanta last month.
I was naturally interested when I heard the ideas of Postmodernism many years ago. Postmodernism put concrete experience ahead of external reality and abstract principle, and it realistically accepted conflict. It seemed to accommodate an artist's view that we are put in the world with the need to construct one of our own, and to encourage a corollary need for the freedom and development of the individual. As time went on, however, I saw the interesting ideas of postmodernism become corrupt in practice. Small minds take big ideas and debase them for their own purposes, channeling broad wisdom into justification for immediate goals. This process is woven into human history; we see it today in the misapplication of religious principles, for example.
I owe newCrit an article. Sorry, John.
Onajide remarks that he "found some interesting comments on Artblog.net today regarding 'modernism' and 'postmodernism.' Of course, some of it was incorrect," and goes on to ask, "I wonder if the majority of commentors over at Artblog.net also comment about other media than painting with the same vigor?" I ask in reply: the Rauschenbergs we were discussing are paintings?