“Never Mind The Quantity Feel The Wit.”
As you may have deduced from our cover and from the four pages that have by now, quite probably, fallen out of your copy of that quintessentially absurd, stabbingly satirical, glossy-fronted mega-mag that is, The Inconsequential, our twin themes this bi-month are Art and the Olympics. A combination, like Little and Large, not wholly strange, yet still liable to give rise to a look of puzzlement.
Now, your editors do realise, of course, that art must be THE most subjective of human disciplines. There are as many different opinions of an artwork as there are viewers of it and no-one has the right to criticize another’s perception of a piece or tell them how they should see it. However, the motivation of the artist producing the work (and by that I mean his or her underlying drive to continue in their career and not the rationale given for a particular item) should always be open to scrutiny.
In his journal, written on 11 February 1804, Benjamin Constant related the views of a friend on Kant’s aesthetics: ‘Art for art’s sake and with no purpose; any purpose perverts art. But art achieves a purpose which is not its own.’
There are certain opportunistic, ‘controversial’ artists out there, and you know who you are (and more importantly, so do we) who would do well to heed those words. Knocking off a picture of a cat in ten minutes, sticking it on a mug and selling it for £250.00 isn’t art, it’s prostitution of art and cashing in on a name and reputation built on cynicism and manipulation. If you’re in it for the money, then fine, but don’t pretend otherwise.
Art shouldn’t be elitist or exclusionist and with that in mind, back at Incon Towers, our resident artist has been up all night providing one or two alternative, but infinitely more thought-provoking pen-and-inks for your bemusement. You’ll find them dotted throughout this issue interspersed between our usual collage of oddities, one-liners and old favourites.
As with Art, so with sporting endeavours. One or two will be in it for all they can get, while the vast majority are happy to do their best and hope they elicit a raised eyebrow or, even better, two. Our passing nod of acknowledgement to the Olympics can be found in the four-page pull-out now nestling snugly at your feet.
There’s a lot to get through, so I’ll keep you just long enough to remind you of our website, www.theinconsequential.com, which has just had an overhaul. Have a look around and, please, let us know that you think!