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Posts in February 2004

Art Is Not Progressive

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-02-26 00:00:00
I do not like cubism. I'm sure art teachers everywhere would fall out of their chairs as they read that first sentence. "How is that possible?" they would ask themselves. "Doesn't he realize the value and importance that cubism and other genres of modern art have in the art world?" they wonder aloud in their jazzy cafes or stuffy, incense-filled university offices. Well, I don't. Is there something wrong with that? I have stared into the eyes of the cubistic masterpiece and I found it unsatisfactory. Art, by definition, should be beautiful. Beauty, however ethereal, is as beauty is perceived. What may be art to me, may be trash to the next person. Furthermore, my opinion of it is valid. During my studies I have tired of my artistic sensibilities being rejected sumarily on the basis of their supposed coarseness and my overall naiveté. Given the subjectivity of art, to write off one's opinion based solely on their inexperience not only makes justice herself baulk, but calls into question the rejector's own validity as an art critic. Recently, I considered Pablo Picasso's "Guernica." This particular piece is full of symbolism and meaning. It memorializes those unfortunate souls that parished in Guernica, Spain, at the hands of totalitarian despots and further becomes a becon of truth against the atrocities of war. As a meaningful symbol of ethics, I accept and applaud it. However, as artwork, I do not like it. Oh, it is new. (so what) It is modern. (so what) Just because a new movement in art is fashionable, it does not make it good. That is to say, unlike science, art is not progressive.

Shocking The Bourgeois

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-02-25 00:00:00
I'll say it, since it seems that no one else wants to. Madonna has no talent; she slept and shocked her way to the top. her longevity has more to do with her ability to shock the bourgeois than with her talent for music. it seems as though artists, like Madonna and Janet Jackson, have made careers out of making us gasp. Most recently, Jackson flashed us on national television during the half-time show of the superbowl. But I've got to wonder which is worse, that these no-talent celebs choose to continually use sex to gain popularity or that the American public keeps watching these perversions. There was outrage after Janet Jackson's "episode" and understandibly so. Nevertheless, were such outrage more common, I am possitive that the number of shocking occurances would accordingly decrease as well.

North Korea Is A Blot On The Human Race

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2004-02-25 00:00:00
Despotism, thy name is Kim Jong Il. When will the maddness end? Understandibly, when the world discovered the nublear capabilities of north Korea, the US began the process of disarmement. In my mind, the left made a good point when it criticized Bush for not taking firmer action against N. Korea at the begining of the Iraqi War. Well, not that we should go to war with N. Korea. Nor am I saying that we should have never gone to Iraq. I mean, I think we should have been more agressive with North Korea long before we knew about their atomic ambitions, back when we only new about the atrocities that dictatorship inflicts on its own people. The horrors are too numerous to count and too deep-seeded in the souls of N. Koreans to ever hope to quantify and understand. Now is the time to extend the liberating hand of freedom. Every passing minute is a minute too long. If we don't help them, then who will? Our power is a responsibility given by God to help our neighbors. Let us do just that.