Janine Antoni - Loving Care, 1992
Ok you know what? This, this is not art.
This is not art in the slightest.
This is why I cannot take the art community seriously anymore, because everything nowadays is considered to be some form of art.
Like seriously come on now, what is this?
This is the most uninspired, poorly planned out, and most oddly executed piece of “art” I have ever seen.
It’s a woman in a room, obviously high as a goddamn kite, running her hair on the floor with black paint. How in the holy mother of hell is this considered “art”?
It isn’t. Stop trying to make something out of absolutely nothing.
You can tell me “I just don’t understand”, and that my soul isn’t deep enough to grasp the whole…well whatever the hell it is she’s trying to do.
I know absolute garbage when I see it, and this is a pure landfill of goodies.
I just look at it again and think…why?
Why isn’t it art? Because you don’t like it? You don’t have to like it, but it would be respectful to consider it and not dismiss it just because it might not be a form of art you are interested in.
Consider the time and effort, the patterns and repetition of her work, the physical exertion she is using to paint a floor. Why paint a floor? Is that a comment on something? Think of the title, “Loving Care”, what do you think that is a reference to? Her time? Is it a comment about how women take care of their hair or the home? Could this be done if it were a male or is this a gender specific performance work? How would it make you feel to be in that room with her while she painstakingly paints the floor with her head? As an observer you are part of the piece, are you reinforcing her roll or taking away from it? Are you uncomfortable or entranced?
Didn’t want to post on my main blog b/c i don’t like to get too ranty, but i hate it when people are so dismissive without any back up besides “IT’S NOT ART”
To those people I say, it’s not your decision.