The fact that Dame Jenny is upset with New Zealand's representation at Venice this time round is a very positive sign. New Zealand art has been under the thumb of the Dame and her ex Alan Gibbs for far too long. It would be difficult to concoct a more insidious influence on New Zealand art if one tried. I think New Zealanders should get behind Denny's exhibition at Venice. It is succeeding where mainstream politics has failed us.
- Wells Tao I asked you to support me with the critique on University Artist Fraud, a major work that has kept me busy, but you have offered nothing but silence. Why ? Because this idea is not true? Not relevant? Or because it threatens to cut you off from the MS that you have spent so long climbing up the backs of?
- Wells Tao Let me be the first/last to admit, let it be tattooed on my forehead forevermore that I am not nor ever will be a successful big time artist. Can I then have the right to explore what I am? Can I articulate ideas about the market I am not of, the society I what, flirt with? am used by? Can I be pissed off about not having the work I do valued, with material wealth? Will that ever be ok to do, at the same time, perhaps not deserving of being valued with material wealth? Can I try and learn why? Can I ? Huh? Huh? (Sung to the tune of 'the sun will come out tomorrow, by little orphan annie, do Daddy War-bucks) Can I feel that even though my work is not valued with material wealth, that it is in fact far more valuable than that system of measurement.
- Wells Tao As i said somewhere in the above links, I feel that I am connected, somewhat a representative of the so called radical left (which to me was center right left but who's looking). What I feel Denny's work has done is conjure an idea of mythical labour voter that once would have supported Mana for example. What is interesting is that this audience doesn't seem to actually exist, except as a convenient utopian myth, greasing the wheels of "easy living' for the 1%, to put it bluntly. Could be a point , no?