Those two brothers, Semiotics and Hermeneutics, were our topic of discussion yesterday with one of the contributors the New Art Examiner. How art was no longer about anything else but what is derived from these two because it is the ‘concept’ that has become the subject of art.
The subject of art used to be the human experience. Narrowly defined in the beginning as the religious experience it branched out to encompass all human thought and experience and each new experience treated – a Dutch interior, a battle, naked lovers – produced its own master and school.
Today we are producing lots of thinking about art that is no more than navel gazing and not trying to make objects that will last forever as they did in the past, but just things that can make a show and sell. A while ago I told someone everything will vanish one day and all art will be reduced to the hologram of its existence probably, by then, on a space ship. But we appear not to want to wait. The adherence to the ‘new’ has given us transience. That, truly, is something that was never in the art-object before.