[education is a weekly (or once in awhile) post about one or two worthwhile links. sites you should visit, see, hear, just generally experience and appreciate and learn from. I'll write a brief "WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?" along with each one. think about it. analyze it. do you like it? do you not? I want to educate you; as in the latin verb educo, to lead forth, as in I'm leading you away from my site. Hahaha.]
This week is a short one because there's not a lot to say, which I like about this site. vvork is a site that showcases contemporary art, whether it's digital, sculptural, painting, performance, or goddamn anything really. And honestly, upon first glance, it really seems like anything. A lot of people complain about the banality and self-absorbed loftiness of contemporary art (as I kind of did in my last blog post), but at least these guys at vvork are giving it a very simple, non-judgmental platform. Simply a list of pictures/videos, a citation, and hopefully a link. The structure gives way to the content, and that's something I value a lot in good web design. There is no clutter to the presentation, no social media, no declarations of intent or sophistication, unlike a lot of regally-proclaimed "art blogs". The selected pieces are wide-ranging and rather arduous: but that's a good thing. I don't want a site that gives me art on a platter with fine cheeses, explaining why it's important in some bullshit self-gratifying language.
However, that having been said, at the same time I wish there was more besides just the art. Perhaps a few words from the artist, maybe something that's not even relevant to the piece. This is usually why I don't like aggregators: they're just reblogs, only contributing to the google pagerank of the original source. The option to just leave comments does not suffice for me. (You can easily see on digg or reddit why commenting is not "more" in the way I'm speaking.) I mean I want discussion, observation, influencing pieces, and honesty from the artist. One of the things that a hilarious art historian/curator friend taught me is that good art looks interesting and provokes thought, but great art is able to have a mission independent of even the artist, something that speaks, and can be linked to art of the past. One of the questions you should always ask an artist is "what were you reading/watching/looking at when you made this?"
If I had the time, I'd build a site much like vvork, but one that allows the piece to be displayed on its own or with the artist's mission and influence-web. It would be featherbrained and damning in our age of selfish originality to make a website that allows the artist to chart their influence, the hypertextualized supplement to their art that literally links along back to its influences. I must admit, it's a terrible idea that I hate writing down, but I want to build it merely for how undignified it would be, and to see if anybody would actually use it.