Modern to postmodern objets d’art (you can already imagine the blurbs) and mass-produced market items have been dovetailing recently, two once separate activities increasingly becoming one.
Yes, you too can pay hundreds of dollars for a pair of shoes that merely appear to be old and worn.
Frankly, I’m too ignorant to offer much insight, dear reader, but maybe one can trace a line from Marcel Duchamp’s readymades to the current fad of ‘distressed’ items.
Everyone’s a Self, you see, and every Self deeply wants fame and recognition, or at least to be fresh, new and ahead of the curve in the marketplace.
Or do you?
Here you are, just a chump watching another more famous chump eating some Burger King. It’s important and it isn’t. Give it the meaning you think it deserves. You’ll get your 15 minutes one day. Or not.
Don’t set your sights too high, this pickled basketball seems to be saying, for your aspirations, too, may be empty as the liquid void in which this Spalding hovers. Gaze upon your hoop dreams within the silence of the ideal… hallowed as you temporarily are within this modern secular temple called…MoMA.
The marketplace delivers us that which we want, enriching our lives and fulfilling our desires but that’s not really what we want, is it?
Or it is. Ho-hum.
We all know clothes decay while trends come and go. Beauty fades, and people live in houses built with real materials which fall apart.
Ah, well. Buy some music, celebrate Art and be a Self.
Addition-Let’s say that both modern art and the market may be done a disservice, here:
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