What a wally!

Latest news from the Baltic is an exhibition by Mark Wallinger which includes a brick wall among other things.

Brilliant! Wonderful!!

This is how Wally explains himself-

“It started off when I picked up some stones and placed them on all 64 squares of a chess board. I liked the sense of order and sense of inevitability; it was like cataloguing them and offering them up for scrutiny drone drone drone zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….”

If you enjoy being bored to death you can read more here

…..complete BoLLoX of course

Listen up Wally:  I have laid thousands, tens of thousands of bricks in walls just like that (without needing to number them to know what I was doing). The results have been always elegant and occasionally beautiful but at no time would I claim that what I did was Art whether it is viewed in or out of context. It is brickwork; utilitarian, functional, it serves a purpose.

If Duchamp was correct in thinking that everything can be seen as art then there is no reason for having art galleries and even less reason to give you taxpayers’ money to relentlessly churn out the same old drivel year after year.

Charles Thomson has already shown the everything is art argument to be ludicrous-

And speaking of Baltic (who have abandoned the definite article for some obscure reason), they claim to be an art gallery and on this their tenth anniversary we are still waiting for their first proper art exhibition.

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5 Responses to “What a wally!”

  1. James Higham July 10, 2012 at 15:13 Permalink

    Art does tend to reflect its times, no matter how individual elements of the style are. These days we’re stuck in sort of PoMo dystopia. Hence the “art”. Modern art can be good – methinks the poster art in the sidebar is pretty good – but what goes about today – don’t know, JD. It really doesn’t uplift, at precisely the time we need uplifting. Mind you, my posts on Mensch et al don’t exactly help with the uplifting exercise.

    Think I’ll go for a walk, then have a whisky.

  2. JD July 10, 2012 at 18:12 Permalink

    …..what happened to the notArt or the antiArt tag I was trying to introduce? It is just wrong to tag this as Art :)

  3. James Higham July 10, 2012 at 18:40 Permalink

    JD – sadly, the theme doesn’t do tags, only categories.

  4. CherryPie July 10, 2012 at 20:56 Permalink

    This reminds me very much of some notArt which I will go away and find for you….

  5. JD July 11, 2012 at 13:13 Permalink

    Wally’s work comes from his brain (such as it is) and is an example of the intellectualisation of what art is supposed to be.
    Watching Beeb4′s programme last night about the heart they displayed this quote from Marc Chagall
    If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.
    That more or less sums up the difference between Wally, Emin, Hirst, Gormless et al and real artists.

    The BBC programme is available on their iPlayer but I don’t know for how long-
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/episode/b01kpvj1

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