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Welcome to American Capitalism

From an April 17th Facebook post by Paul Field, a succinct summary of how the pandemic exposes American deficiencies. It’s tough to not just quote the whole thing, so here’s the beginning:

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but you need to know how silly you look if you post some variation of, “Welcome to Socialism…”

You are not seeing Socialism. What you are seeing is one of the wealthiest, geographically advantaged, productive capitalist societies in the world flounder and fail at its most basic test. Taking care of its people.

This crisis is not about the virus.

This crisis is about the massive failure of our, “Booming economy,” to survive even modest challenges. It is about the market dissonance of shortages in stores, even as farmers/producers destroy unused crops and products. This crisis is about huge corporations needing an emergency bailout within days of the longest Bull Market in our history ending and despite the ability to borrow with zero percent interest rates.

The pandemic has revealed that American democracy and our economic system is extremely fragile. Ok, unless you’re wealthy, in which case you’re going to be fine, all part of the plan, etc.

Source: Welcome to American Capitalism

The Facebook Armageddon – Columbia Journalism Review


Illustration by Diego Patiño

The social network’s increasing threat to journalism

Source: The Facebook Armageddon – Columbia Journalism Review

Decompressions: Thinking Its Presence [The Racial Imaginary]: Montana, 2015 | I thought I was writing about an immigrant.

Bhanu Jacasta Kapil Randall’s attempt to answer it, just past the border of Idaho: “Accept the death you know is coming even though you’re already dead.”

Decompressions: Thinking Its Presence [The Racial Imaginary]: Montana, 2015 | I thought I was writing about an immigrant..

from the Facebook Community, Brain-Smudge (a drawing studio forum)

Gut Reaction from Brain-Smudge

Review #1

Taste! Huh! Good gawd! . . . . What is it good for? . . . . Absolutely nuthin’!
(An indirect review of the Members’ exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain CT, a bad local art show)

Not wanting to come off already as a stick-up-his-ass, self-proclaimed critic, I wanted to inaugurate this series of writings with something positive. Wouldn’t it be nice to read about a work of art that makes you stand up filled with romantic indignation against the status quo and go make make your own revolutionary art? Yes . . . right?

So that is why the spin on this, my first review, is as not so much a standard review but as a call to arms for you and all others working in your studios, basements, wreck-rooms, where-ever!At the Members’ exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art, in New Britain CT, I was meandering about when it hit me: “this was about taste”. My dear friend, and poet, Donna Fleischer had gotten into a facebook discussion concerning this very thing and asked for my opinion. My reply was:
“Taste should not matter”.
This is not to say that artists should purposely make “distasteful” work either, but that the ENTIRE NOTION of taste should never occur. I went on . . .
“The artist’s job is to let the art / being/thing come forth and let it become what it must become. If it is distasteful so be it. To “coerce” or “model” it according to taste is to compromise the integrity of the artist’s vision, which can only become apparent (even to the artist) in the succession of birthed objects, and worse, it enslaves the individual object to outside influences and opinions. This I feel is an immoral act.”
So there. That’s what I think about taste. Now I am not so naive to realize that taste drives the decisions we make in out lives: the kind of art we hang in our homes; the clothes we wear, the soap we wash with . . . etc. It’s a necessary tool we use to judge.

But we (artists) should not make the same sort of judgments while making. I firmly believe that whether in the throes of some visionary storm or just performing tedious mechanical operations in your workspace, taste should be left at the door. What comes out may be tasteful or it may not. That isn’t for us to decide or even care about. (I see the germ of another discussion on this arising). The artwork is a living breathing entity . . . and if you listen sensitively, closely enough, IT WILL TELL YOU WHAT TO DO . . . where to go with it. The kind of judgments that are necessary in the studio should be ones that serve the work and are specific to the task at hand . . . it is a moment-by-moment operation.

So back to the Museum Show: I can’t say it’s abysmal. It is just… meh… mediocre, but a kind of appalling mediocrity. I mean . . .there are fucking paintings of sailboats! And harbors! Seriously? Seriously! We are at least 50 miles from the shore for Christ’s sake! Of course there are the obligatory bucolic landscapes and expressive portraits of the kind that I’ve seen a million times. The abstract stuff is generally polished, or slick or cleverly delicate or rickety. Generally the whole thing is tasteful. In a provincial / mediocre way. Like the kind of shit most people wouldn’t be afraid to hang on a wall. None of it rattles a thought into the brain. I guess you could call it decoration.

Now I want to say that this museum is close to my heart. It has some amazing things in its collection. It frequently showcases some interesting works from the well known to the lesser known, from local to international. So I expect much better than this. I ask why? Why must such mediocrity be allowed in the halls of this otherwise fine institution? Why must the aura of local art continue to be seen as mediocre perpetuated by exhibitions like this. I know artists who live in small towns who make mutherfucking brilliant work! They have day jobs, but their heads are in their art at all times. The work may not be revolutionary or avant-garde, but then again, it may be. Where are they? Not here that’s for sure.

There are a few works that I found somewhat interesting . . . but the problem is NONE of them were outstanding memorable. George Hale from Torrington CT had an assemblage type piece called “the ghost of John Brown”: two chairs . . . Seemingly like church folding chairs or something, with suspended images presumably from Torrington, where John Brown was from. The woven string echoes the carved design work on the found chairs nicely, but the photos are suspended between Plexiglas panes, which seems like an odd interruption of materials and form. I kept thinking it would be better if the photos were string up directly. Oh well. It’s the little things like that, that bothered me, not enough probing. A print by Carol Taylor of New Hartford CT was interesting in that I liked the double-plate embossment. The image was ok . . . not great. Janet Lage of Old Lyme offered a small intimate abstraction that felt like a little Frankenthaler, Twombly, Basquait or Klee. Or all of them. I enjoyed this one the most I think, but even still it seemed safe to me.

My god people! Grow some balls! Take a chance! The worst that can happen is you can fail. Shit, everyone fails. Who cares. The best thing that can happen is that you can excite someone, or a group of people! And maybe just maybe, by doing this, by allowing the creature called art to be what it wants and by putting it out into the world, you can change the prevailing consensus on taste.

LOCAL ARTISTS RISE! Make art without taste!

Curators! This is on you too; promote the hell out of someone you believe in. Art is not a passive thing! It is THE thing! Look for a local artist or a group of local artists who are taking these risks. Bottom line is, I want less of these bad local shows. I want to see who is tearing it up. Go look for them!

~ Brain-Smudge

Hacker catches Facebook registering private links as ‘likes’ | The Raw Story

Hacker catches Facebook registering private links as ‘likes’ | The Raw Story.

7 Tips to go Private on Facebook in 7 Minutes / BostInno

7 Tips to go Private on Facebook in 7 Minutes

Facebook Files for an I.P.O. –

Facebook Files for an I.P.O. –

The Great Tech War Of 2012 / Fast Company



The Great Tech War Of 2012 | Fast Company.

Privacy Policy – October 13, 2011 / The Smart Set



The Smart Set: Privacy Policy – October 13, 2011.

Compassion Today. Go Vegan. the Animal Freedom Project /