Don’t Talk To Me About No Significance Of Art (2021)

Inkjet printed on canvas, 55 x 39.5 inches
Image courtesy the artist

Previewing the work in progress in 2018, Shirt’s completed print on canvas poses the question: CAN A RAP SONG HAVE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ART with proposed statements on the matter made by 32 contemporary artists and thinkers of the artist’s selection. The original printed material and typegraphic from a 1922 issue of experimental arts journal Manuscripts (MSS) invited its contributors to offer their opinion on the emerging medium of photography. The original prompt: CAN A PHOTOGRAPH HAVE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ART, in which only a maximum 600-word response was allowed and would be printed unedited, largely featured the response of white, male artists and cultural theorists of certain notability, and excluded inviting photographers to comment entirely. The issue’s cover design credits read as follows: apologies to “Dada” (American), Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and acknowledgment to “Anonymous.” Digitally modifying a PDF scan of the original printed material, Shirt’s updated work includes rap music producers Ghostface Killah, Westside Gunn, E. Jane, Kasseem Dean and Mykki Blanco, amongst others.

The work appeared in the show Elsewhere, We Remain Unreadable presented at KeyClub until July 11, 2021. More information on the show can be found here.

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