So did anyone watch the programme on the telebox recently following the art students at Goldsmiths? I didn’t think so. Anyway, it was a great insight in to how wide of the mark even the supposed “cream of the crop” artists can be.
Here’s what Sol LeWitt has to say about conceptual art:
“In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art.”
Right, have we got that clear? It’s about the concept right – that is you actually have to have one for it to be valid as a work.
Our friends at Goldsmiths seem to have generally missed this, perhaps they didn’t bother to read the first word on the title of their course application form. What we witnessed was a group of people variously stuffing strobe lights into shells (variations of which I have seen at a million foundation course exhibitions) and a guy shooting stuff with a paintball gun. What was singularly lacking was any, well, concept.
The only real star of the show was the great Michael Landy working on his own project Art Bin – a dustbin for failed art works. It’s hard to imagine anything that could have been more relevant to the nonsense being created in the main body of the programme.