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Thursday Feb 28, 2008

Mainstream Mediocrity

The question persists: Why does so much mediocre art successfully infiltrate from the mainstream of so-called high art?

We understand mainstream to mean the approved of art by the powers that be.

Regardless of venue and touted quality, mediocrity in whatever form is familiar and non-threatening in a culture weaned on advertising, exploitation, the next big thing, vicarious thrills, and where technique, ideology, and shock art are mistaken for the real thing—art.

Proving this to yourself counts as a basic lesson.