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The State of the Art, Corrosive Counter-Culture & Attack on Beauty

Gavan Kearney is a musician, artist and writer born in Cork, Ireland but relocated to London in the early 90's where he formed and played in various bands as well as honing his abilities as a painter. After completing a degree in Fine Arts/Sonic Arts Gavan began a recording career under the moniker Sand Snowman and has to date released 9 albums. Gavan is currently involved in a musical project with long term musical/life partner Moonswift. We’ll discuss the marketing of corrosive counter-culture modern art and the attack on beauty. Gavan discusses the cult of personality around empty artists that have put focus on rot and death. Art is degenerating into nothing but sensationalism. The success of modern art is judged by how much attention it can get and consequently the more subversive, disgusting and pornographic it is, the more the attention it gets by the “critics” and media pundits. Shock factor is mistaken for greatness. Gavan asks what happened to art that conveys beauty, holds veneration for life and is inspirational. Kearney says that the Frankfurt School has been instrumental in turning art into crude smut and emptiness. In the second hour, we discuss the origin of modern art and the movement of symbolic art. We discuss the conspiratorial aspect of art, including how the totalitarian state has used it for propaganda. Also we talk about modern furniture, architecture, new art installations and bizarre statues and monuments. Later, we discuss violence and sexual perversion in TV and movies. We also go into how the “new hero” we are to identify with is the evil villain.

Relevant Links
Sand Snowman on Facebook
Sand Snowman Youtube Channel
Sandsnowman Bandcamp page
Moonswift & Sand Snowman Facebook page
Moonswift & Sand Snowman Youtube Channel
Moonswift & Sand Snowman Bandcamp Page
Frankfurt School
Theodor W. Adorno
Tavistock Institute of Human Relations
Turner Prize
Symbolism (arts)
Modern art
Day-old baby taken from mother after emergency HSE application
10 Incredibly Bizarre Art Installations
A Gloriously Offensive, Poop-Based Art Show Opens in San Francisco
Piss Christ
Luminosity, 1997
The Art of Porn Or The Porn Of Art: A Look At Sex In Modern Art
Bilderberg's "Art" at the Grove Hotel in Watford
Why the Art World Is So Loathsome
Zeurotic (Warning Very Graphic Pornographic "Art")
Jeff Koons
Artist's shit
ON and OFF Praised, panned light-switch art gets Hub showing
My Bed
Fountain (Duchamp)
Damien Hirst
Trickle, Splash, Shoot: Chang Jia's Standing Up Peeing Gender constructs explored through a South Korean lens
Ann Liv Young "Performer"
How Much Pee in Pan Will Prompt Museum Intervention?
Baque Spanish "artist" Itziar Okariz pee on Swedish stage for 10 000 Swedish Kronor, at taxpayers expense
Marketing pundits ponder on when to use the "shock factor"
Nigella Lawson's Husband Gives Jaw-Dropping 'Explanation' for Choking Her in Public
Charles Saatchi

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