Will Insley NOTE: Minor changes have been made for performance; eg, insertion of "of" or re-duplication of "to" in parallel sentence thingies. (We appologise for the inconvenience) The General Public is just a dis-interested in Advanced Art, as ever Sensibility: engineered/ scientific/ geometric/ calculated/ measured/ removed/ accuteness of perception. Avant-gard: construction/ object/ thing/ diagram/ reduced/ minimal/ basic/ furtherest extension of sensibility/ formal visual construction. Painting becomes the diagrammed object. Definite abandoning of historical recilinear context of painting as contained illusion, and an extension into actual surrounding space, to motivate and to be motivated in turn. The painting has become, at its farthest limit, a fragment of flat visual material. As the problem has been clarified and reduced, the possibilities also diminish. The problem of particular color seems to be less and less important. Color becomes only a material coating giving a visual extension through intensity and light reflection to the base material object. What really counts is the object itself. The reduction of the painting to a flat silhouette carries this tendencey to its extremee. The ultimate values of sensitivity in the proportion of elements and the relation of closed and open space are exposed to the most stringent test. Only relationships of the most basic nature can with-stand continual observation when all of the emotional and seductive icing of the historical cake are removed. The painting is a flat, visual object -- a systematic relationship of measured elements, calculated to project a visual force beyond the material thing. Sculpture and painting are visual engineering with no function other than visual existence. Sculpture extends out more and more to contain rather than occupy space, and finally through a vast increase in scale to become a monumental non-functional architectural environment. There is a greater use of manufactured materials, steel, plastic, glass -- as opposed to the natural materials of stone and wood. Sculpture approaches the mass produced object. The division between painting and sculpture tends to disappear as each assumes characteristics of the other. The nature of the avant0-garde is to explore the extreme limits and the previously neglected areas between traditional categories. The painting becomes a wall. THe wall bends and becomes an environment. THe limits meet. Sensibility has changed since the fifty's. Methods of work and thought are more direct and specific. The variable choices of personal emotion and chance give way to a desire for logic and order. The blob is replaced by the square. To call this an academy, a context of established pattern and rule, is premature. The trend of thought seems to be more one of how to get through and beyond the limiations of style. What is considered yesterday's avant-garde? Abstract imp, po, op? Certainly none of these could be considered the rule basis of current thought. Yesterday's avant-garde becomes not today's academy, but today's side issue. At this late date, the only rule from abstract imp. would seem to be the danger of too much freedom. Pop op came (and went?) so quickly, much valuable ground is still left un-digested. Many pop op artists are still at the beginning of investigations, momentarily hindered by the stigma ** et al: JP ? ** of last year's label. The artist's condition has changed. The acceleration of fashionable attention tends to limit the aperture of public view at any one time. A reputation can be made and forgotten withing a few seasons. Behind all this, the genuinely creative artist just keeps on working. The exhibiting and hire-ing of advanced artists by college and university art schools probably does as much as anything to lend academic status to the avant-garde in the eyes of the student. However, the dirersity of means and ends should soon be apparent. Ultimately, the student is faced with possibilites beyond the rules. The general public is just as dis-interested in advanced art as ever. Joe Doe in ANY TOWN would rather buy a Cadillac and thus his neighbor's approval and envy. The limited public is paying more attention. But then, art is getting more attention thru various media. How many of them feel they really need it is something that I honestly don't know. I guess that's enough for a start.