Gold is the new dark: art trends during the next four years

I wrote a post in 2011 called “Artists in Dark Times“. Now, in this new era of irrational grudge conservatism, it seems it is time to add another update.

I’ve seen motivational memes floating around that highlight the importance of the arts during times like these. What I want to point out right now is how, perhaps, the direction of contemporary art might change during the next four years.

It’s no secret many view the current international art scene as somewhat decorative, vapid objects couched in high production values. This shortens the distances between the art and clients with more money than sophistication. I happen to largely agree with this view but I don’t see the high end art market as ever really being separate from deep and powerful conservatism in general.

However, the stream of art history is parallel but often different to the market, winding its way through and around such giant presences in it’s path. That is where we will see a documented rise of pointed political art that is media based. We will also see large, immovable art projects that act as emotional counterpoint to the erasure of applied environmental and social values in the US during the next four years. These solid works survive via their strength of media repliciability.

Watch what art and artists this Trump regime surrounds themselves with. Take note. This is the dark, soulless gold field of the art world. It is the also the greatest achievement for a subtle critical work to slip its way into it.

Good as Gold; Dawson Film Mini-Festival raises funds for community arts collective

 

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This fundraiser for Dawson City’s (s)hiver festival was a smashing success! Almost 40 people attended and we raised about $300 to support artistic activity in our community.

Thank you to KIAC for their support and guidance in helping us organize this screening, including Dan Sokolowski. Thank you to James Healey for volunteering his time and expertise in preparing the media and operating the projector. Thank you to Jen Gibbs for operating the lights and to the (s)hiver collective for helping with the bar, door and space preparations.

Thank you to our participating artists who made this such an engaging and special night. It was truly an honour. Here they are, in order of film presentation with the title of their works:

Lulu Keating / Dead Caribou Dialogue
Suzanne Crocker / Sock Hop
Karen MacKay / George Black Ferry
David Curtis / Closer to Thee
Dan Sokolowski / Still Life
Jeffrey Langille / chance appearance of the colour red, no.1
Christopher Healey / The Grand Journey Here

~intermission~

Christopher Healey & James Healey / Still Life Takes a Selfie
Lulu Keating / Brain Clever
Suzanne Crocker / Time Lines
Meg Walker / Pianolio
Jeffrey Langille / chance appearance of the colour red, no.2
Krista Davis & Cari Tangedal / Take the Wild

We’ll be back later this year with a screening dedicated to music videos from the Klondike!

Thank you, Chris Healey