When a country is defeated, there remains only mountains and rivers, and on a ruined castle only grass can thrive.
Matsuo Basho, from ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches’ translated by Nobuyuki Yuasa.
the elements of degradation to the textures applied by anselm keifer, the work is applied ruination, the implicit and explicit apocalypse conjured. interesting from a cultural point of view. since the culture of built in obsolescence guarantees that degradation is written into the blueprints for marketable consumables. architecture included only the aesthetics are avoided. culture as well as art has disowned aesthetics
what a person means when they say that they wish to see more of an artists work. back catalogue, cv, portfolio… what a person is looking for is affirmation of success (consistency). if a person is not consistent they will be worth nothing because they are not professional. if a person is inconsistent the piece procured may be worth nothing because the next piece might be worth something or nothing. the success of the piece of work may be a fluke.all persons are artists but not all artists deserve exposure – not all artists deserve sales, not all art is worth cash. a successful artist will not be the artist which exposes the buyer to
Families, when a child is born
Want it to be intelligent.
I, through intelligence,
Having wrecked my whole life,
Only hope the baby will prove
Ignorant and stupid.
Then he will crown a tranquil life
By becoming a Cabinet Minister.