art in new york
I’m just reading the new york times article about artists getting more and more lost in looking for studio space.
dammit people: the gentrification and hipster movement, going more and more into fake directions, hollow shells of non- or pseudo-existence, without realizing more and more of the separation from art means something: something really bad and terrible is happening!
without art, nothing would really mean anything at all anymore. art allows us the freedom to look at a tree in the park, a curbside brick, a cup of coffee, someone’s dropped cigarette butt in a poetic translation of what the object would be defined as. It’s a gift of an additional filter of perception that transforms the “everyday” objects around us into whatever we want to make of them. And that allows us to look at art per se in a different way, individually, individuated, real, alive, and that is really something that goes across the board: music, sculpture, painting, multi-faceted spoken word broken down garbage re-conceptualization, without which it has always been obvious our world would just be dull. Especially in the city.
I’m too furious to really find words in the right order to put this out there, but there must be a way to simply reboot the concept of reality for everyone so that this ridiculous hunger for money, greed, simply stops: the reason new york is where everyone wants to live is the art here. And we’re not noticing that it’s being gentrified right out of the city. We all know the stories of the west village, soho, east village, etc., but when are we going to be able to wake up and stop it? and how?
In my opinion there is a possibility of voting for an anti-hipster law, meaning anyone who is going to buy and rent out some old block of bricks should be deterred from doing so without offering 60% of the space to professional artists. That’s easy, right? considering 35000 square foot buildings earn a profit of 2 billion a year the landlord should be perfectly happy with 40% of that, right? or is that not enough anymore? what can anyone do with that much money????????????