Haiku H253

Need a word meaning
To find some meaning
Out of nothing in paintings





Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

Happy Pi Day!

Self-learning world art history on Khan Academy, and the extreme efforts the critics, moderators, and artists themselves, work to conjure up something to say about the value and meaning of their BS art is flabbergasting! It’s as if someone who didn’t care about art had to write a 5000 words essays, with the only criteria being you have at least 5000 words in your essay. Wow. Talk about the “privilege” afforded, whether “white” or otherwise. Anybody else who would have created such a thing who had no reputation before them would have been lambasted for far more reasons.

I’m specifically talking about Barnett Neumann, Mark Rothko, some Warhol, and a few others. Sure, art it is. Great art and all the stuff attributed to it? Especially by efforts of critics to voluntarily speculate on and adorn it with all the meanings attributed on (which I am sure they don’t do with lesser known artists’ better quality and more meaningful works). HELL NO!

I do get some, by the way. I love Ad Reinhardt’s black painting concepts. There is actually something there to grasp, even if not super tangible or specific. The rest with uncertainty? That’s because the artists couldn’t come up with anything so they made it vogue. No doubts here. Lots of artists have done great things with uncertainty. There just needed to be something to be uncertain about.

The H-series poems comprise of haiku composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Haiku collection.


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