Yes. Money Is His Medium.

February 1, 2012

Two sources brought me to the same point tonight which was percolating for some time in my brain. Both in connection with Damian Hurst. The point is: Money is an art medium.

One source was this article in a Taki’s Magazine. The other was a rant by  HENNESSY YOUNGMAN on Youtube.

The latter said: “Yes, Internet, he just siad that: Money is his medium.” About Damien Hurst.

That was never denied, in fact many times emphasised by the artist himself, and in that alone might be his greatest greatness: he distilled the idea for the humanity, shelled it out. The ultimate measure and the ultimate goal is Money. And so, artist (or in the article an art collector) is an alchemist turning some random matter into gold.

English is no my first language and I really find it difficult to comprehend artists talking about art. Or art critics writing about art. Or artists statements – those are at the top of the chart on the creative abuse use of “vocabulary” words. That’s why I loved this article in HuffingtonPost Art section! So refreshing.

“HuffPost Arts: You talk a lot about the role of an artist’s identity in becoming successful. How important do you think identity is in terms of ‘making it in the art world’ and do you consider this when you make your art (Art Thoughtz)?

Hennessy Youngman: This art shit is niche market. And whether or not artists want to admit it, they all carry a brand within their work. There might be some sincere artist reading this saying “My work isn’t a brand, shithead!” Well you know what? Sincerity is that artist’s brand. And yes, I’m a shithead. You must’ve been talking to my mother earlier…”

I bet you want to read more of it now! I was going to link up to the full text, but am so tempted to just post it right here for the unique brilliance of it and the “transcendental truth”:

“HuffPost Arts: You spend a lot of time translating art world terminology into real world terminology. Why do you think there is such a divide in the first place? What’s the point?

Hennessy Youngman: Ha, “art” versus the “real”, that’s a big fucking polemic son! I guess the divide exists because many many decades ago, art became less about simple mirror reflection of the physical world, and more about it’s own materiality, about the processes specific to its production, ideas took precedence over product, questions, critique, provocations and research became staples of art production while audiences held onto the notion they were supposed to be entertained by art, but art isn’t a pop song. Don’t get me wrong, art doesn’t always have to be this dense bramble of graduate school buzz words, intellectually impenetrable (boring) work, but audiences shouldn’t always assume that if they don’t “get” a work, that the work they’re experiencing is bullshit. Maybe artists and audience can meet in the middle and agree they’re both idiots and listen to Tyga’s Rack City until transcendental truth rains down on them all like someone set the Tree of Life on fire… I don’t even know what that means…”

Love the guy!

HuffPost Arts: As someone passionate about both hip-hop and fine art, what can the art world learn from hip-hop culture? 

Hennessy Youngman: Loosen the fuck up.”

Oh, just go and read the whole thing!