Friday, March 23, 2012
In Agreeance With Scruton
Roger Scruton has philosophized that art has become vulgar, ugly, and pointless. Take for example, the Pompidou Modern Art Museum. The outside is the inside and the inside is the outside - an inside-out building. The art makes one scratch their heads, squint their eyes, and crane their necks to see the art from a different perspective. To me, art needs more, and modern art does not offer my mind enough stimulation. Scruton said,
"Many of the uglinesses cultivated in our world today refer back to the two experiences that I have singled out. The body in the throes of death; the body in the throes of sex—these things easily fascinate us. They fascinate us by desecrating the human form, by showing the human body as a mere object among objects, the human spirit as eclipsed and ineffectual, and the human being as overcome by external forces, rather than as a free subject bound by the moral law."
The video shows a metal bar that vibrates when it hits a wire. Is that art, just like "An Oak Tree," by Michael Craig-Martin? I'm not entirely convinced.