[-empyre-] poets patrons and the word academic

G.H. Hovagimyan ghh at thing.net
Mon Jan 4 01:40:32 EST 2010

gh comments below:

On Jan 3, 2010, at 4:30 AM, Sally Jane Norman wrote:

> where and how do/ can we draw the line between bad art and bad causes?

gh comments:
Bad art is an aesthetic decision that is subjective.  I've seen in my  
lifetime art that was considered bad to become re-evaluated as good.   
Actually I think the aesthetic kick is in playing with that  
contradiction and skating close to the line of bad art and bad taste.  
Otherwise good taste and good art turn into so much decoration.  I  
don't know what you mean by bad causes but in terms of art I would say  
that when you make art as a political statement its propaganda rather  
than art.  If you make art to make money it's commerce rather than  
art.  If you make art to illustrate a particular theory or piece  
demonstrate a piece of software it's illustration.  I think the only  
proper cause for making art is to advance the art discourse or  
critique it or expand the aesthetic milieu.

G.H. Hovagimyan

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