The literature and art of every country are built on deception and hope, complicity and exile. Only politicians believe they can resolve this condition. Poets merely offer another direction.
“Some of the utterances pilloried are manifestly true,” Jacques Barzun writes. “What damns them is the fact that they are the only thing ever said on the subject.”
Merrill Wagner’s interest in “materialism” seems to be, in fact, a desire to uphold painting’s natural link and allow the earth itself to reduce her works to a base state, a process she merely expedites.
The Moderators shows how the primacy of the algorithm leads to a “disruption” of the labor force itself. Riding on the back of neoliberalism, the gig economy represents a caste-like system in which the worker is valued even beneath a bit of code.
Louise Lawler’s brilliance comes from the way she liberated people just by showing them photographs.