I find it a little off putting that creativity must be sacrificed in order for a 'liberal' education. An artist's vision is his perception of the world, and that includes all of the knowledge that is set within it. To a degree, it is the artist's job to mold the existing baroque of society and change its definition into a still solid, yet modular, item by means of interpretation and process. As for the university aspect, and as Rilke put it, the artist is ultimately an island unto himself in creation with his own enlightenment, free almost of the liberal and critical mass. It is possible to be isolated in the university setting. It requires, as the ultimate truth, discipline on part of the student or student-teacher. As for those who solely just 'depend' on the setting for fame, they will fall. The observer must observe a piece with little knowledge of the outside world, and thus, the artist must modulate their work to represent little if to nothing of that.
The artist's mind. The ocean is societal spectacle.
The artist must constantly be at two minds, however simple that sounds. They must be continually creator and critic. The emotional story and the and physical story. The subjective artist pandering to self belief and objective artist releasing to the benefit of social belief. Two chambers of intellect constantly yin-and-yanging against one another to check its partner for any inconsistencies in strength or idea. That is a formula for art. For me personally, dabbling (but not dillienating) in the tightrope between going too hypersaturated and going too deep and falling too short, I am also of two minds.
He had a point.
Referring to the mention of Pollack, in his painting style which became performance, I think that in itself is the base evidence for form being content. You cannot separate the two, because without form and just content, what is even the purpose of art? Content can be deduced in everyday society were it not for the form. Form emerges out of a unifcation of the brush with the intent of the artist. Pollack's performance was meta- art to a strong degree but proved that the content of a work could certainly be the process of creating the form alone. There, whether it is believed or not, is a strong sense of perspective and direction in even the most convolutedly plain painting (re: previous blog post).
By nature, artists should be designed to be non-conformist as a necessity. For to understand what creates and engaging and clairvoyant piece into what beholds the image of the future requires A.) an understanding of what governs the present and B.) how to destroy aspects of what governs the present into a more visually apt and useful rendering of it. The reason for oft controversy and sexuality/gore in some art is as a counterbalance to the more anti-creative, conservative approaches of reality/even art.
Reverend Billy, a very radical shopper.