During a November plunge into the deep philosophic realm of subjective reasoning, I searched for truth. Somehow, somewhere, within the surrounding area of Western, was an answer. The object you now see was my catalyst. The presentation of this object brought forth instant curiosity and comments. While listening and analyzing each individual, I sifted through their comments for truth. I was in search of an answer to a question we’ve been taught not to ask. A question we’re afraid of. A question that leads to more questions: What is art?
Similar to that of Fox Mulder on "The X-Files," my dilemma was created by and consisted of lies covering more lies. I believe that most information regarding art has been tainted. Truth has been hidden. Art has been an over-postulated uncertainty since its introduction into our vocabulary. Looking back at my journey, I see that my results are unexplainable. What I’m about to share may be shocking. It may scare you. It might cause you to think so strenuously that you go out, buy a 9 mm. and shoot yourself to relieve the pain. The truth, though, must be shared.
Friday, Nov. 7, my search began. Carrying this object around campus in a cardboard box originally designed for hauling Monarch Coffee Liqueur, I begged for responses. I was even told by Brian Jones, after I received information from him at the Engineering Technology Building, that the box appeared to be housing "puppies or something." Apparently my jacket covering the box led him to believe this. This made me wonder whether a box containing puppies could be considered art.
Earlier in the day, outside the Fine Arts Building as a light rain fell, I had spoken with Quinn Sharpe while he enjoyed a cigarette. When asked if he considered my object art, he said, "Anything is art." These words bounced around in my head. Eventually, when Jones told me about his puppy presumption, it clicked. Either these people either didn’t know what they were talking about, or my search for the truth was a well-thought-out conspiracy from the beginning. If a conspiracy, then the truth about art has been tainted by an uncertainty that has spread across modern society like the plague. Lies covering the truth. Lies protecting more lies. I was left wondering who else knew about this cover-up. My current questions were left unanswered. What is art? And why am I receiving conflicting information?