Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Questions), 1990/2018, on view October 20, 2018–November 2020 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, photo by Elon Schoenholz
I’ve been implicitly comparing to Jesus. Kenny the super-hero but just a humble kid who opens us to understanding infinity – maybe even making Jesus make sense. Yet accused him of being a deceiver, created all this time in 3D animation and reduced to 2D. Of course, Kenny doesn’t exist except as a cartoon. My complaint was with the artists all along, and not deception is involved, just artistry and a business decision. It’s faster to create him and all South Park in 3D; a workflow issue, more efficient to work in 3D and then transfer those images to 2D…. I saw this as deception. My next question now, at least, is, What does it matter?
I’ve been puzzling over that for a few weeks. It matters, at least to me. The medium informs our consciousness and with consciousness or even unconsciously impacts the matter. There is a reason the creators decided to take the 3D, easier to produce, to 2D at least as the apparent aesthetic.
While I argued that2D and 3D is all anticipation and memory in our experience – only tangentially related to our actual present existence that we can’t fathom (because that requires a thought and in the instant it is thought it is past, just a memory) — still it’s our material.
There is art history and art isn’t progressive, so the expression “history” is misleading. Ancient Egyptian encryptions and pottery aren’t less sophisticated than Barbara Krugger’s work at the Geffen in LA, even though Krugger’s work is more accessible to me – physically just a few Metro stops from here and aesthetically I get her work implicitly and Egyptian pottery I’m always trying to ‘read’. We’re pasting a timeline onto a mesh of perceptual experiences that are present at least before we process them, perceive them in time.
I want to NOT read Krugger’s work. I’m going to try to just be present so that a letter in the alphabet is a pure sensation. That, of course, might prove impossible but I’m going try anyhow.
Approaching things another way, recently I’m trying to read South Park as I would a 3-d text, although I promised at least myself earlier I was done with South Park altogether, that it’s time to go on. So soon…