i wrote a post back when i first started about the art scene- and i have been having numerous discussions with my friend lately about it. it has struck me as odd that the 'art movement' or whatever these folks are calling themselves these days are so strangely silent. oh- you have the usual suspects who are out there protesting our involvement in iraq and whatnot- joan baez, neil young, the boss, etc.- but there is a glaring lack of contemporary artists out there. if there are indeed folks out there with a finger on the pulse of america- then there is a glaring lack of publicity around it.
whatever you may think of kanye west- he and the dixie chicks are the only ones with any balls i guess. it has been predominately musicians singing or rapping out- if you will- about the current state of affairs. from katrina to the iraq quagmire- where are the poets? where are the visual artists? where are the writers?
joan baez is like 60 years old for christ's sake- and she was at operation ceasefire in 2005. there was the whole artist movement during world war 2- propaganda for the war as well as protesting.
hey, britney, keep your panties on and let's make the world safer for your two sons.
wait, wait, wait.... there may be something going on after all. it also struck me as i started writing this- what about the bloggers? we all know folks who are handy with photo shop and whatnot- can that be considered 'art'? i maintain that it can. i maintain that the protest art movement has moved online. can the 'mainstream' art establishment keep up?