Judith Schaechter Never Lies
Post #1571 • September 15, 2012, 8:33 AM • 2 Comments
Judith Schaechter on not knowing.
The most common approach, for those of you who didn't go to art school, is that the instructor initiating the critique says, "What are you working on?" What a question! I know, I know, it sounds so very, very harmless! But how wrong you would be!
The damage that tiny inquiry has wrought. It's no joke to say that that alone has brought art to its knees. A far more pernicious question, and one that is so standard now as to be reflexively unquestioned, is the one of meaning. An artist is required to know, a priori, what the work means. ... Why is it so bad? Because after four years of interactions that are based on that model, the student artist internalizes the injunction that, at the outset of their project, they should know what they are doing.
Related: Not Knowing is Most Intimate.
Reference: Mos Def.