[NetBehaviour] SSS

{ brad brace } bbrace at eskimo.com
Fri Apr 19 13:37:23 CEST 2013

Selected Systematic Similarities
as Stories with Single Subjects

Always look for the bigger lie. Money can`t buy class; a common phrase today...
Disparity is first created by staticism, (policies of a totally managed society.)
Gender, economic-status, race, institutionalized-education-status (certificates of
privilege), nationality, geographic-location, whatever, ... are assessed as relatively
superficial factors frequently used to politicize stagnant institutions. (Yes, even
art-colleges: those sallow humanist reparation efforts.) Unfortunately, the truly
repressed that are especially granted these opportunities, only serve as fashionably
symbolic justification for a pre-existing order. This cosmetic policy applies only to
new applicants... which of course, further exacerbates the misplaced tension between
those outside. Sadly, and for equivalent reasons, you won`t see the great artists
exhibiting or teaching very often in traditional settings; the smugly mediocre get the
money today.

These pictures that I meant to talk about... were first made in the `80s and have to be
the most unpopular work I`ve ever done. They were briefly included in some of my
interdependent installations. I suspect that they were glibly assumed to be but
spin-offs from the then critically correct and widely-published notions of
fragmentation. These ideas did not persist in our monolithic artworld; unless you`re
especially tractable, you can usually only watch and not participate in official culture
anyway. These pictures still make perfect sense to me, even now.Small pictorial
spectres... little fragments borrowed from the truth... building around first
impressions... They were made from alkyd/enamel painted and cut magazine pages. I was
never quite sure how to present them; during the installations, I tried using
clear-plastic lamination on clear plexiglass panels. Other presentations included
room-sized picture-columns. The pictures you see here were made by arranging these
shapes on a flat-bed scanner with a little digital retouching of the foreground. I like
the fragility of the reduced, jagged, 4-bit, cut-paper-edges against the pixel-texture
backgrounds. There are over one-hundred images involved.To isolate and excessively
schematize the moment of intellectual abstraction...



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