This is what Im awfully sure of: that somewhere, somehow, someone
is paying for art. It disturbs me in the same way that putting coins
into a slot to get a Coke does.
Real Work = Symbolism
Symbolism = Real Goods.
A Coke can you can hold in your hands, caress its cool, slick aluminum
surface, can as can.
A symbol you cant, but that coin you can. Each one is worth less
than the tabs you punch out of electrical boxes to string the wires
through. Paper is worth less than that: a cats hair, an old rag,
a lost tooth. But then, the miracle begins and its invested with
power. All then hail the money which transubstantiates from cotton into
blood coursing, green and noble through every artery we own.
Art is not a miracle. It isnt symbol except in what it says--what
it does is less than the resistor in your car stereo dissipating charge
It uses symbol; it is not used up.
It is symbol folded back on itself and anything else we make of it
Any other value we place on it is money, this symbol we share like disease,
shrinking us from arts cool immersion, from the feeling of the
slick skin of that Coke can, from putting it on and wearing it like
a second mother.
Maybe you own some art.
That is a sin, like owning your own mother.