Is ‘content’ a valid emotion?
I am constantly confused. I know, I know, this is vague… except, it isn’t. My brain never stops; even in my sleep I am not at rest. Pondering, wondering, imagining; these are only a few of the verbs that describe my grounds for confusion. We are constantly getting thrown so many images and concepts at us every day that the human body cannot possibly register them all. How are we supposed to cope with this overwhelming stress? Some like to drown out the pain with a glass of wine, or 5… others a bit of pot to ease the mind before bed. Regardless, we are all functioning under a system that needs a release. Sleep is just not enough anymore. It’s mad in a sense however there is no changing it. As history knows, there is never any turning back time; we can’t go back to ‘simpler’ times because arguably the technological advances of today is supposed to make our lives ‘simpler’. Irony?
Apparently I live under a rock, because I only recently discovered genius art critic Jerry Saltz. In this article, Saltz looks at Kanye West’s music video for “Bound 2”, a video which features West’s girlfriend, Kim Kardashian. This article takes an approach that no one has yet. He actually likes it.
I was unfortunately one of these quick-to-judge haters of the video, regardless of the fact that I am probably Kanye’s biggest fan. I was disappointed in its ‘lack’ of whatever I thought was missing. After reading this article, I realized Saltz is right. He discovers why people seem so uncomfortable with the video, and all of the ‘new’ uncanny aspects of West’s work.
As a Kanye West fan, I can’t believe I let myself forget that he does not do something artistic in any sense if it isn’t what he views as perfection. Saltz proves this by discussing the aspects that require a certain type of critical thinker to understand. The internet doesn’t understand because, really, Kanye West is an artistic genius and we are all witnesses.
Watch the music video and click on the link attached to the title to read Saltz’s article above and give me your input!
Russell Brand for President!
Unbelievably true words spoken from the Essex comedian about economic change and a government revolution.
It has occurred to me that I admire street-artist Banksy’s choice to be unidentified. I too, wish this upon myself some days. The silence, solitude, and calm it would feel to be unknown. We all wish we had that choice, don’t we? To just slip out of society and remain unknown. The fresh feeling of having no worries, no nagging bosses, no school work to attend to. To just vanish from society for a while under a cloak of invisibility. Wouldn’t that be nice?
However, the longer I think about it, the more I feel bad for Banksy. He must not envy the secretive life as much as I would like it from time to time. For instance, he is in New York right now where the police force have made it clear that he is a wanted man for graffiti and defacing property charges. That is the moment when secret identity becomes your only choice. I’m sure he would love to say, “HEY, it’s me! I am the face behind this wonderful street art,” but he can’t. If he does, he must face the consequences of living that alternative lifestyle. The longer that he remains unknown, the more and more felonies the police chalk up waiting for him to turn in his identity. The idea of a unknown identity becomes his only way to produce artwork that is meaningful to him. It is for the art, not the man behind it. I admire that message.
People often debate about art and how it has turned into this capitalist role of production and what-not. Artists arguably make art to sell it now, not simply to make it. Artists like Banksy are interesting because he still does sell some of his artwork. However, most of his pieces that make serious statements cannot be bought or sold. They’re considered graffiti, and chances are they will be removed or painted over, or eventually destroyed in some way.
So the next time you think about why you would possibly want to slip under societies radar because you’re stressed or overloaded with responsibiltiy, think of people like Banksy who don’t have a choice. In order to do the thing he loves, he must remain underground and off the map. Talk about a stressful life.