Brian Dupont responds to the ongoing debate about Provisional and Casual painting.
Dupont argues: "Provisionalism did not remove the need for manual skill in art (that ship has long since sailed), but as it has become a focus in the practice of young artists it has become threatening exactly because it challenges the need for skill and craft within painting. This is the last high ground the old academies and hierarchies have. Appealing to a silent majority to refute aesthetic challenges harkens back to the tyrannies of the past rather than looking towards a more egalitarian (we hope) future... Of course a great deal of the work will be bad, some of it will just be “bad”, but some small bit of it will be good. The work necessary to find art that is good can hide the fact that it is a positive thing that it was made, however now it must be judged on individual merits and accomplishment, not the category it is assigned to. Categories are only generalizations; what is important are the specifics of the artwork and the relationships in question."
Sharon Butler photoblogs a visit to the studio of Brian Dupont.
Butler writes: "Working on hollow, square, aluminum beams, Brian Dupont paints snippets of found text such as passages from Beckett, Richard Serra's verb list drawing, and narratives written by friends... Dupont and I discussed the nature of text, and the difference between writing something by hand and using a typeface... But ultimately Dupont is interested in how we apprehend information. 'I want to force the viewer to reassess their relation to both the text and object,' he says. 'Because all sides can't be viewed simultaneously, the complete text is only comprehended as an abstract construction.' "
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