The Secret to My Success (Is Destroying the Successes of Others)

The Secret to My Success (Is Destroying the Successes of Others):

The businessman guards his trade secrets from prying eyes.

The magician hides the secrets to his supposed magic when presenting his mystery tricks.

The artist divulges the secrets of his craft by demystifying the creative process of his art in order to cut through the illusion of magic that keeps him from penetrating to the core of a true mystery. The artist must destroy the illusions that stop him from seeing a true mystery, the illusions that stop him from tapping into the power of a true mystery and divulging its profundity.

The artist is an iconoclast. A natural iconoclast. A creative destroyer. But very few artists are iconoclasts of their own art. Most artists only want to destroy the honored images of the establishment and replace them with their own. In short, they merely want to destroy the established culture in order to become the established culture. This sort of power grab is nothing new.

The artist must destroy the very idea of art to resuscitate his power to appreciate the wonder of life. The idea of art must be hammered – stretched until it breaks – shattered – to breath new life into it before its liveliness fossilizes, turns to stone and becomes just one more oppressive object of worship.

Every object of worship uses its authority to define and police the limits of worship rather than expand them, even if that object is an idea. When an object of worship is an idea, that idea no longer enlightens. When the idea of art becomes so established that it becomes an object of uncritical worship, it becomes just another lifeless symbol of power and wealth – a painful reminder and tasteful instrument of oppression to all who don’t possess it.

When art becomes an established object of worship, it can’t help but use its authority to define and police the limits of art, the limits of life, the limits of worship, the limits of understanding. When art becomes an object of worship, it’s time to smash it.

~ Joy (anti-art) Rip

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