art and perception: my alter ego
For those of you who don't know, I've been leading something of a double blogging life. While trying to keep my Eyeball rolling, I've also been contributing sporadically but sometimes prolifically to Art and Perception. Now Karl Zipser, the blog's founder, has turned it into a group blog, with me as one of its contributors. While honored, I have some mixed feelings.
In both its old and new incarnations A & P has been good at generating discussion, much better than this blog. It has done so, I believe, by provoking controversy (sometimes heated) on general arts related topics. Is art school worthless? What is art? In my experience, these types of questions tend to draw more heat than discussions of specific artists, artworks or exhibitions. Zipser's blog has both post types, but the former seem increasingly to be drowning out latter. Even artwork centric posts generate sprawling conversations on unrelated topics. Edward Winkleman's blog is a better established version of this type. The way he regularly puts out some deep but muddled ideas and then gives a shrug seems to drive commenters wild.
Dealing with artwork in a more direct way has been my focus on the Eye. The work I feature is often obscure, either because the artist is little known or "emerging", or because they are established artists in upstate New York (the middle of nowhere, to many minds). Some times, the art is just strange. Very few people who read my blog seem to have broad familiarity with the artists I write about (or use as points of reference). And even if they do, they are not interested in arguing about the works' value or significance. The result is that I often feel like I'm talking to an audience of ghosts. Meanwhile, my taste (and talent, or so I would like to think) for more abstract discussions is relegated to places A & P (there are others too).
I would like to bring together both sides of my artwriting on this blog. It would make me feel less scattered as a writer. Equally important, it would bring more (needed and deserved) attention to this site and foster greater involvement. I will be writing my first A & P post for this coming Wednesday and will be re-posting it here. While this might seem to help, it seems to me like a further hindrance. Effectively, I'm still splitting my audience into two: a large one on A& P and a smaller one here. While I enjoy being part of Zipser's blog, it often seems that I would be better off focusing all my energy here. Any suggestions?