Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Art Blog: Terminally (un)HIP
Thumbing through the November issue of ARTnews, I scanned articles on artist comebacks, street artists moving up (notice the Shepard Fairey on the cover), art reviews Ad nauseam, and lots of costly, full page, color “notice me, me, me” advertisements. There is even a piece with pics on Helen Frankenthaler’s eighty year old self.
As I stomped through the art world bog, I stopped at an article titled “Single Black and White Feline Finds Love at Biennial” by Lamar Clarkson. The article begins “Ben Coonley is a new-media prankster.” Below those words is a thumbnail of a YouTube video created by Coonley. I don’t want to go on to describe the whole story. You can pick up the magazine if you want to read it. However, I was curious about this new-media guy.
I read the article, and then went to watch his YouTube video. I realize this is one of his pranks(?) I know there are more examples of his work. He is an award winning new-media artist. I just wish I could see his work in context. I mean, this Valentine video is well….. I don’t know what to say. I don’t know what to think. I really thought I had a great sense of humor. However, I feel so boring and uncool right now. I couldn’t help but realize despite my attempts to keep up with art and media, I must be terminally UNhip. I sat there nonplussed and pondering. I asked myself,
“This is what gets you into ARTnews these days?”
I have to get going. I have so much work to do!
I gotta get busy getting HIP.
Now where did I put those old clips from
“Valentine for Perfect Strangers” Ben Coonley