This was originally intended to be two short posts to introduce you guys to the blog, but...I got all kinds of serious about it, so here’s my not so brief part 1 about “Design” and my defense of the Design Blogosphere as a serious, valuable thing.
How the White Cube’s children killed the pesky, homeless Spectator
O’Doherty begins the second essay in his book with a sardonic plea for art historians to tell their histories in a more memorable and entertaining way, as Aesop’s [Art] Fables. And so allow me to channel our wise example and tell the story of how the new, powerful, popular children of the Great White Cube solved the long-standing problem of the gallery’s wandering specter, the Spectator (by killing him). (Continuation from part 1)
The Great White Cube’s secret love child in the 21st century
Not even the author of Inside the White Cube: the ideology of gallery space (1976), one of the most resilient spatial metaphors in the last century, could have predicted the White Cube's transmogrification into the populist, patricidal timber wolf in sheep’s clothing that has appeared on the scene, to "save the day": Tumblr and Pinterest.
Every material thing can be viewed as part of a collection. Filling our closets, bookshelves, apartments, iTunes libraries, and browser bookmarks are compilations of objects we have accumulated, sought out, hunted down, been given, found, (stolen,) downloaded, or otherwise gathered; all constituting collections. Design blogs, too, are collections of projects, photos, videos, and written blurbs. The nature of Collections, though, lends these seemingly casual aesthetic assemblages the implicit power of determining and propagating taste, style, and whole sub-fields of design—and as Viewers we take part in the process.