Why Make Art

Come on, think of something.

Beware the man who asks this question, for he shall fall down into the pit called Because, and there he shall perish with the dogs of Reason.

Now a curse upon Because and his kin!

May Because be accursèd for ever!

If Will stops and cries Why, invoking Because, then Will stops and does nothing.

If Power asks why, then is Power weakness.

And Reason is a lie; for there is a factor infinite & unknown; & all their words are skewwise.

Enough of Because! Be he damned for a dog!

from Liber Legis, the Book of the Law

(dictated to A.C. in. 1904 in Cairo, Egypt by an alien entity called Aiwass aka the Egyptian deity Horus, the Hawk God.) 


In the most corporate version of the Future, Minimalism and Brutalism rise on a wave of popular apathy and the necessity of self-expression is called into question. 


Brutal/Minimalists claim the conspicuous absence of vision and emotion and expression of unique, individual ideas is artistic expression anyway, despite that it's all the same.  

Some say it's innate brutality implies enforced sameness, too. 

What's odd and disturbing is that sameness--the lack of self-expression-- means its not art at all. For the Brutal Minimalist the answer then to the question:

why make art?

Might be, because we have many good places to put it.

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