This Is Not Art: Plastic Bags and Stuff

junkyardarts June 27, 2011 4

 

B. Wurtz sculpture

Welcome back to This Is Not Art.

Today, we have plastic bags and wire.

Plastic bags and wire that have been exhibited at MoMA P.S.1, MCA Chicago, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, RISD Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery, and Castillo/Corrales, Paris.

Creator B. Wurtz has been dubbed “a master of the unassuming, if not completely disguised, artwork”, though I like to think if I have to really search hard for the artistic elements and talk myself out of needing signs of craftsmanship then the ‘art’ probably…isn’t.

Enjoy.

wood blocks and wire b wurtz

plastic bags and wood b wurtz

green plastic bag and wood

wood block glued together b wurtz

plastic bag on wall b wurtz

a fucking sock and tin can b wurtz

This guy smacks of someone completely lacking in artistic talent, imagination, ability, historic background and craftsmanship but his parents told him he could be anything he wanted to be.  So he chose ‘artist’ and somewhere along the line people bought into it.  Either that, or I’m totally missing the cultural significance of a tube sock sticking out of a tin can on a shoddily constructed bolsa wood base.

Either way, this is not art.

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4 Comments »

  1. DogsMom June 30, 2011 at 1:55 pm -

    Laughing too hard to comment but totally agreeing.
    AND sharing.

  2. Jove September 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm -

    Nice weblog!

  3. Martha October 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm -

    Ever heard of Arte Povera? Surrealism? Ever thing about how much art materials ‘cost’? Really, art is a realm for the rich, and this kind of work critiques the Bourgeois notions of art. Go listen to an art history lecture, or maybe think a little harder.

  4. junkyardarts October 29, 2013 at 10:28 pm -

    …and all this time I’ve been writing an art magazine…