Widowsweave is an awareness raising series of performances highlighting the conditions of Iraqi Widows who often struggle to acquire even basic necessities such as clean water or adequate shelter. Through artistic durational activities the artist and public participants mark 3,000,000 lines representing the number of Iraqi widows from 30 years of war, tyranny and sanctions.


Kevin Valentine will have three new pieces in the Faculty Show at North Central College, Naperville. The reception is April 8th, from 6-8

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Post-Theory Theory or the Rabbit Hole and Why I'm Not Dead Yet

I am seeing how every art work can be viewed from multiple theories, whether the artist intended the piece to carry that or not. Just as every historical fact can be viewed on many ways, depending on what aspect of history or society one examines. Art work holds these interpretations within and
audience brings them to the viewing. In this sense all art is collaboration, thus the removal of authorship, and the "author is dead." But the author is "not dead yet" in the words of the old Monty Python sketch. What is it that is not dead yet? If it is not the artist, could it be God? Yes, I said God. God meaning what? Well, god is also what we bring to him through our lens, like theory, but also has authority. What authority? The very definition of God is for me "Good." So the question is, is there good that has fixed meaning? Is there at the core of art or fact, goodness which is fixed beyond translation of theory through the viewers senses, or is all in fact theoretical?

For that matter is there any fact at all in the entire universe which can be said to be scientific or indisputable and not subject to interpretation through theory? We observe the rabbit-hole, and fall in with a never-ending series of theoretical calculations and interpretaations, but is there in fact some thing we are interpreting?

Author/no author: fact/theory: good/subjectivity: science/fact: are they all intrinsically different ends of the same rabbit-hole, different sides of the same coin?

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