Earlier today I was watching a documentary about a now defunct Texas art collective Rubber: An Art Mob. In the video, the painter Peter Saul said the following about the idea of gimmick in art:
Gimmick just means a style which is not appreciated by the person looking at it. I mean, modern artists stuck with billions of gimmicks: like Jackson Pollock dripping paint off a stick [was the] number one gimmick after World War Two, and was even called a gimmick by TIME magazine and various officials until finally, at a certain point, you get the right people behind it for it to stop being a gimmick and become an art style.
Food for thought.
also by Brandon Zech
- The Art of the Livestream - April 21st, 2017
- Four Killer Zines You Should Check Out - April 10th, 2017
- Louise Hopkins Underwood, 1919-2017 - March 8th, 2017
- The Art World Goes a Day Without Women - March 8th, 2017
- Not Just Naked People: Experimental Action Performance Art Festival in Houston - February 27th, 2017