Originality is my pet peeve. The same as the unfortunate fact that people like me must be the pet peeve for modern art lovers, of course. I surely am. They come to me raving about some new piece and all they can usually say is: how original it is! And? Why does that matter? Is originality really the be all and end all goal for art, life, everything?
No, it’s not.
Usually I let a question stay around for a while, I ponder over it and attack it from numerous angles, finally I like to leave it open and ready to attract more questions, so that this whole dance around an issue can continue ad infinitum. Not this time, folks. The reason is quite simple and probably does not picture me in the best possible light: I just wish people would stop falling for this madness.
So grab yourself a nice mug of the same coffee as always and join me on a grand crusade against maybe not originality as such, but at the very least the glorious myth that has grown around it. [Read more…]