Politely being rude to financial big wigs since 1991
The Bruxist Collective's take on Art and (as Alfred Jarry might put it) P'finance.
A numerically dyslexic artist (and reluctant consumer) shares his dearth of financial wisdom and resulting frustrations with his Bank Manager. Read personal letters from the elusive Art to his even more elusive Bank Manager. See a comic rendition of a Day In The Life Of The Bouncy Banker. Art struggles to make sense of the senseless as the Authorities of Finance wobble but never quite fall down. Full of hot air they float above it all! When they bounce it is with impunity! Why are there no Remorseful Bankers? Can Art and Finance ever coexist? Do you have a Blue Chip on your shoulder? When bankers get together they talk about Art. When artists get together they talk about money. Oscar Wilde
Last Thursday, October 21, Deloitte sponsored its third annual ‘Art & Finance’ conference, in Paris. The overlap between the worlds of art and finance is, to the discomfort of many people in and around the art world, not insubstantial (though not yet ‘substantial’ either).CLICK LINK FOR MORE
We do not expect this to make sense, or for you to understand as I—no fan of banks—do shower down upon you a hail of incomprehensible ponderings on the subjects of money and art, art and poverty, wealth and acquisition, greed and patronage of the arts. As one of your clients I do expect you to sit there squirming, suffering through my abstract tirades, my obscure assaults on your wrong headed approach to life, the Universe and everything. Clearly those whose lifetime pursuit of money finds them sitting pretty must feel that their chosen path is somewhat justified. They have all the stuff of their dreams and can only hope to acquire the one last item on their list—intelligence, or something that approximates depth. Perhaps there is an outrageously expensive machine that can inject the sum of everything into the brain, a time saving educational device that in much the same way money saving devices like collateralised debt bundles need no further input once turned on to churn out profit, will provide infinite wisdom whilst requiring no book learning or essay writing, no work in fact.
You might detect a hint of frustration in my writing. As an artist I have no interest in trying to grasp the intricacies of your grasping ways and am determined to maintain my oblique tangent on life but I do resent the way once you have money you can with little thought churn out more and more of the stuff. My approach to trying to get through to you is patently absurd and that is the way I like it! I am baffled by what you do and hope you are equally baffled and shut out by the meager but honest meanderings of a creative mind such as my own. The frustration you detect is based on the fact that I would also like to have a money machine at my bedside that required no input from me as it churned out a living, enough at least to keep our family at some distance from fear of starvation. I'm not interested in the pursuit of money. It bores me. You see I can think of a million things to do with my time. I'd make art. I'd be ever fascinated by the effort to contribute to the big essay of life. I wouldn't find taking and taking and taking that satisfactory. I only want enough money to fend off constant worry. I understand that is a highly mutable amount but do believe if I were confident I could secure enough to support our basic needs we'd be inclined to send the extra toward the helping of others. My most basic need is peace of mind. If only we could secure peace of mind for everyone. So much human capitol is wasted on worry. Freed of anxiety humans would produce so much more effectively be it in the arts or indeed in industry where a happy employee would surely be happy to work if they were confident that they and theirs could rest secure in the belief they'd be provided for. That may be the kernel of this letter, the core of this thesis.
Your response to this: 1.—Hmmmm! Perhaps we should spread the wealth? Perhaps having the wealth concentrated in the hands of a tiny minority is wrong! 2.—Hmmm! Clearly we are dealing with a liberal/populist/socialist/communist/atheist and anti-plutocrat! Ah! His address is on the envelope!
Stefan Sagmeister's 7,200 bananas originally displayed @ Deitch in NYC, January 31, 2008 -- February 23, 2008
I have not been adding to this blog of late because now everybody is seeing it (The Horror) and saying it (The Greed) so much more efficiently than I do. Here Nicholas Kristof puts it nicely (click on link above) and there is also a link here to an excellent series on inequality by Timothy Noah of Slate. Need I add that banks are evil?
There is a wonderful thread of comments regarding Sagmeister's use of bananas in his art work. Perhaps artists are evil to.
For Depression Art, letters to the bank manager, and an artist's current obsession with the World Financial Maelstrom click on The Art of the Bouncy Banker. For experimental short stories, picture writings, comics, Art encounters and commentary, paintings, drawings and sculptures in cardboard, foamcore, hotglue, staples and newspaper go to the Bruxist Manifesto. Also painting with found hardware store paint of dubious origin and toxicity, burning lines into wood, and etching in virtual stone my current, usually oblique thoughts on the state of the planet. For even more comics and a brazenly defeatist view of this planet go to THE WORLD IN DISARRAY.
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ART FOR BARTER
In my ongoing efforts to work around our flawed economic system I hereby begin offering my own ORIGINAL ART in exchange for various goods and/or services.
I also offer PRODUCT EDITIONS. These are priced but also available for barter. Be aware that I am making this up as I go wary as I am of entering the world of "monetized blogs". Art for Art/Art for Things/Art for Services/
CURRENT ART FOR BARTER: Unemployed Angel-acrylic on paper-11"x 14"
Current Wants: recycled wood panels, Art (always), working turntable (with amps), car , wagon, carpentry work, airmiles-enough for me to take the family to England.
Podcasts/Books/Movies/People I mean to listen to/read when I have the time.
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine: Michael Lewis
Book-13 Bankers by Simon Johnson and James Kwak
Bill Maher (now available as a podcast)
Bill Moyers Journal (now available as a podcast)
An Entertaining Look at a Disintegrating World
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