(of Artistic Concerns) Cecil Orion
1a) To follow the way of harmony
is to maintain simplicity and be strait forward.
1b) Yet, people prefer to follow
the side trails.
1c) Be aware of things when they
are out of balance; hold to the center.
2a) The museums are filled to overflowing
which wealthy patrons have donated.
2b) The treasures are meticulously
maintained at great expense.
2c) Meanwhile, the artists are
barely able to feed their families and purchase materials for working.
2d) Yet, for a modicum of “exposure”,
they are asked to donate their works for auction
so that funds may be raised that
an “important work” can be purchased.
3a) At their fund-raisers, the tables
at the museums are covered with white cloth and expensive foods and wine.
3b)The caterers wander about keeping
everyone’s glasses full.
3c) The patrons gather in their
tuxedos and evening gowns to be seen by each other
and buy the “local” art for almost
nothing. How magnanimous!
3d) This is called robbery and
(1) While I love this piece, I must comment
only on one point. My boss owns a newspaper and printing company which
I am gainfully employed by. He asked me to host the grand opening of his
Art Gallery the other day which featured "local" (New England) artists.
He purchased a great deal of alchohol for the opening, and interestingly
enough, this did serve to increase the amount of art purchased! Being drunk
may lead someone to purchase anything... The prices were actually kind
I do most certaintly agree with the last part
of "3" ("This is criminal"). My boss is keeping such a large portion of
each purchase that the artists do not make anything in the long run. Considering
the cost involved in painting and framing their work, I would say they
Point 1 and 2 of your new Tao Te Ching need not
even be mentioned- they are obviously true. The only thing I wanted to
explain, really, was why there is so much alchohol! (The only benefit in
this whole system!)
David Streever from
an email correspondence to the Fluxlist 24 Oct 2000 13:06:19