Rant 19: How Childish
Why do we love art? Or do we? Do you go to a gallery and simply 'love' everything you see? Or is the highlight of your art experience coffee and cake in the cafe? Our new Ranter Charlie Levine delves into the questions of loving and hating art, as Stuckist Billy Childish brings to a close his 'Art Hate Week'.
Rant 18: Why is there no art on TV?
In the last Rant of the Spring issue Owen and Fern question the absence of art on our TV screens. Why doesn’t contemporary art get the same level of coverage and attention that sport and music receive? If big name biennales struggle to get air time then what hope is there for projects happening around the country?
Rant 17: Is the Biennale helping to sink Venice?
Owen and Fern consider the environmental and financial impact of the 53rd Venice Biennale and other similar large scale fairs and biennials, including Cornwall’s potential Manifesta bid. Join them to discuss this hot topic and share your thoughts on whether the art world needs to stand to account for the damaging environmental impact of extensive world travel.
Rant 16: Is an MA worth 5 grand?
As another academic year draws to a close, Owen and Fern are wondering whether we still need institutionalised art schools and their qualifications or whether as an artist you can get more valuable experience from just spending more time with your peers?
Rant 15: Being critical in a regional art scene
In regions where there are only a handful of opportunities it seems that in order to succeed you have to play the art world 'game'. As emerging artists it can often feel like it would be too risky to be wholly critical - but should you compromise your integrity as an artist by not saying how you feel, or risk the next opportunity by telling it how it really is?
Rant 14: Locally informed or kooky cherry picking?
Hot on the heels of the first airing of Channel 4's Big Art project Owen and Fern examine the validity of making site-responsive work away from home. If the artist is on a residency and wishes to create site-responsive work, is the validity of this art work, made by a briefly visiting outsider, questionable?
Rant 13: Working Together
In Owen and Fern's first Rant of the Spring season they explore collaborative working; as part of a collective in an off-centre city in Wales, they are discovering the advantages of working within a group, but ask if your individual sense of practice can be lost amongst the group’s agenda? As usual you can join in - post your response to this week's Rant below.
Rant 12: Jargon and drivel: what’s the point of writing about art?
Coming to the end of her twelve week residency as writer of The Rant, We ponder the meaning of all these words - reviews, criticism, buzz words in print and on the internet. What do you think?
Rant 11 - Beeeaaauuuttttty
If beauty is still an important factor in today's society does that mean we only like looking at landscape paintings? This week we look into the aesthetics of contemporary art.
Rant 10: Artist’s Resale - Right to earn after we’re dead
What happens to your resale rights after you die? In fact, what are resale rights? As a result of 2006 EU legislation artists can now earn a small commission when their work is re-sold, but it doesn't cover non EU art-hubs such as the US or Switzerland. And it doesn't remain active if you die, leaving your estate bereft of this income. Josie looks at what this all means and what you can do about it