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Phoning in, with a message to the Cult of the Open Mind

Post #833 • July 19, 2006, 5:56 PM • 15 Comments

Something resembling progress in the studio and an interesting side project, both of which preclude going outside to look at art, have displaced content for today, and will probably result in a quote for tomorrow's post. I'll say this, though: Consensus is for sheep. Thank you for reading.

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1.

Jack

July 19, 2006, 6:34 PM

Now, Franklin, let's not be hasty. KH may be on to something. Not bothering with Artblog has apparently improved her quality of life. I suggest you apply her tactic to the TNFH; if it worked for her, it should work for you also. See? I feel all warm and consensual now. But gotta run. I have a lot of work to do if I'm going to make it as a gigolo.

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Jack

July 19, 2006, 6:36 PM

P.S. I hear being an art whore only looks easy.

3.

nemesis

July 19, 2006, 9:03 PM

Sounds like a nerve was struck, jackboy...

4.

Franklin

July 19, 2006, 9:53 PM

Just make sure your shots are up to date, Jack.

I already pledged not to comment there and have made good on doing so. The feeling's mutual - not arguing with a crowd that has so few shared assumptions with mine has freed up a lot of head space. Basically, the stuff that her regulars accuse my regulars of - prejudices and various deficiencies of artistic tolerance - are in full force over there, in different flavors. It makes me wonder how much of the flak we get here is projection. At any rate, Artblog.net has been so egregiously mischaracterized over there, especially by that AT fellow, that I didn't want them to think I wasn't looking.

Speaking of prejudice, the perpetrator of an obvious trifle at Rocket Projects made one of the most horrifyingly ageist comments I've ever seen in my life. KH, to her credit, challenged it, but how he's going to "clarify" a statement that said, basically, "We don't suck, you're just old," I have no idea.

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Jack

July 19, 2006, 10:28 PM

Oh, that's choice, Franklin. A real classic. OP will be delighted. But there's nothing to clarify--the guy couldn't be any clearer. It's pretty pitiful, all right, but quite predictable and oh-so-convenient. It's like automatically accusing you of jealousy if you ever criticize another artist. I mean, what other possible reason could there be? Case closed. The saddest part is that anybody would think such a lame defensive posture would fly. Correction: the saddest part is that it some people do buy it.

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necee

July 19, 2006, 11:11 PM

franklin,

tale a deep breath and repeat after me:

I don't live in Miami anymore
I don't live in Miami anymore
I don't live in Miami anymore.

feel better?

7.

oldpro

July 19, 2006, 11:21 PM

I hear you necee. Franklin is in Boston looking at real art. If he wants to get these people behind him he should just go ahead and get them behind him and stop referring to them. Just walk away. They are not worth the attention.

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Franklin

July 19, 2006, 11:59 PM

Necee: And how. OP: Yeah, fair enough. Old habits die hard.

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Marc Country

July 20, 2006, 12:54 AM

Well, I don't blame you Franklin... I've never lived in Miami, but reading some of that blog, I'm struck by the inanity, too.

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mecee

July 20, 2006, 4:47 AM

- when in doubt, just call mom !

11.

Flipper

July 20, 2006, 7:05 AM

This blog is great. Much better than that other blog. It's so very smart and witty and full of usefull insight. It's like a good television program....great characters, dialogue, plots and useful information.

A perfect way to start the day. My art practice has gotten way better since I began checking it out. My reds are redder, blues are bluer. I can finally draw and render forms or cut loose and paint like a wild "be-bop listening hop headed" abstract expressionist....I finally understand all those verbose critical ramblings of Greenberg and Von Huffenstock.

I may soon be able to approach women with all of the confidence I've gained reading ARTBLOG!

12.

oldpro

July 20, 2006, 8:29 AM

I guess this is Nipper being funny.

13.

Franklin

July 20, 2006, 9:03 AM

Or something. I think I'll put it on a testimonial page anyway.

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Nipper 's Brother Flipper

July 20, 2006, 10:01 AM

Testimonial, yes yes.

Artblog is the Viagra of Blogs!
I can't put my big brush down.

Being funny or trying to be......no harm.
I like to inject humor into this environment.

oldpro is sharp as a tack. I'm happy you said this is "nipper being funny"

Do you think Pollack was trying to be funny? or Rothko? Critics and historians would argue not.....I wonder.

15.

oldpro

July 20, 2006, 10:51 AM

Thanks Flips.

I hear you are a very distant cousin to our own Jack, the Ripper.

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