A lot of people just don’t get it, a culture without art is not a culture, it is an FCC, CE or any of the other acronyms which are really meant for electronic devices (products) only : “The European Union (consisting of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and formerly the United Kingdom) has set up rules for selling certain types of products within the EU. For example, there are rules for medical devices, machines with moving parts, electronic devices, etc.
If you want to sell a product in one of these categories anywhere in the European Union, your product must meet the standards set by the rules. If your product meets the standards, it can bear a CE marking and be sold in the EU.
CE stands for Conformité Européenne, which is French for “European Conformity.” A product in one of the controlled product categories cannot legally be sold in the EU unless it has passed the tests to receive the CE marking.
For a company trying to sell a product, getting a CE marking makes things much easier because it means you can sell the product anywhere in the EU. In the United States, electronic device manufacturers need to meet the same sort of requirements to get FCC approval.” [quoted from How Stuff Works – “What does the CE logo I see on lots of products mean?”]
As the waves of technology have advanced across society, the value of art culture has waned. It’s a convoluted process where the cost of attaining works by the masters such as Picasso, Pollack or Dali are so astronomical that only technology or banking giants can afford the works and in exchange create things like Instagram, facebook and twitter, where the rest of society derives what they’ve been told is culture, because they post pretty pictures, that they either they took or actual professional photographers which in turn creates monetization whereby the creators and programmers of the apps, can afford real art.
How ever did we get to this point? It reminds me of my first school experiences in Kindergarten where we had cubbyholes in the back of the room. I always wondered wouldn’t it be great to have a cubbyhole big enough where I could just live inside of there and just finger paint whenever I wanted to? That’s exactly the problem. Everyone is cubbyholed and prelabeled into a certain way of thinking and being, into societies new way and form making it easier for the large corporate structures to dominate, monetize and make policies that they hope will keep them ahead of mindless masses of consumers. Ahh Haaa “the Cubbyhole Effect”.
I am an Afro/Hispanic/American artist, but if you are pigeon holed in the cubbyhole, we don’t know about Black Artists. Blacks play basketball, Football and do music as Artists. Maya Angelou was yesterday, today there are no artists other White Americans, Europeans and a sprinkling of the new Chinese artists. So if I’m in the cubbyhole I can only see what it is you want me to see. What it is that you say is art, music etc. But whose value system is this? If Picasso didn’t value the African Dogon art civilization we wouldn’t have had a Picasso.
This reminds me of a German Jewish artists exhibit, whom I met and saw around June of 1970 at a show in Adelphi University Brooklyn, NYC campus. I cannot remember his name nor can find any of his works, however I will endeavor to describe them here. Many were large paneled works done in fine detail with flocks of small people running around on the canvases on small moped like scooters, with angry looks of indifference on their faces. When I had a chance to speak with the artist, that just happened to be there that day, he described to me how he was a young survivor at one of the holocaust camps and saw his whole family killed in front of him. He described how at the time it wasn’t a case of Zionism , but the political Germans at the time were hungry and greedy for money status and power and saw the Jews as an easy access target to acquire their wealth’s by using German Nationalism.
Very strange to me this artist had no support from his own community as his Holocaust subject matter was probably to painful for many and hardly anyone would exhibit his work. So to this day my few friends and I have probably been the rare few to see his work and have no idea from what I can determine if Adelphi ever documented the exhibit or where the works are. The artist actually told me his works were too radical a vision on where society was headed with everyone racing around in indifference, so that would be his last showing before he probably died.
So salute to Art On The Mend and what they’re doing, which is why we Avant-garde artists are coming out in support and inviting everyone out of their cubbyhole!