Tom Hart's Masked Society

My classes are based on three levels of commitment to art and its creation. This course is strictly for the hardcore. The traditional methods of approaching, creating, buying/selling, displaying and consuming art have become corrupted, irrelevant and have robbed art of it's power. Art itself feels limited due to the system it operates under($$$$$) and how our(usa) society defines it, as something we put in a frame and hang in a gallery to be bought or sold by the rich, after it is given the approval of the gatekeepers of culture. Artists vie with each other for that golden ticket, and most are doomed by this system to a life of broke-ass-ness, marginalization and frustration. Marks made by humans do have power, our eyes and brains try to decipher the meaning in words and images made by others(which is why advertising and commercials are so effective, and grafitti isn't really anything new), and can have value beyond mere dollars and cents(though that's not how it's consumed, unfortunately). I feel it is time to reassert that power, value and meaning that art can have. A movement is an insufficient word to describe this task, besides those are for our bowels. Cult has too many negative connotations and require leaders, messiahs or martyrs, i have no interest in being any of those things. I am proposing a society of artists dedicated to waging war against the current system art is filtered through by any and all means necessary, mostly guerilla art, happenings and the like. Contact me in person, membership must be approved, serious inquiries only,(unless yr really fucking funny and make me laugh ;)——Tom Hart

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