Illusion and Society

The last few posts have skirted around what Judd called “real illusions,” meaning objective optical effects. So we have an illusionism in art to set against the mass delusions that we call society, religion, politics, philosophy, identity, nation, economy, convictions, ideology, opinions, news, principles, hopes, dreams, fears etc. It’s become a commonplace that our lives are ruled by fictions, by “stories;” like most commonplaces, I’m not sure that it has really sunken in. In any case, here is a political justification for abstraction, but one that puts it on the side of enlightenment and reason. Even the illusions are rational. That’s not the place I want to stop. I want an art that also works with the content of experience. To start, the grid will need a little more thought.

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