"Once the task of the artist was to make good art; now it is to avoid making art of any kind." - Allan Kaprow
"In the face of the omnipresence of the cultural and consciousness industries, art has withdrawn from the world and has hidden before our very eyes--the only place it is safe from artworld recuperation, the only place left where the artworld is not looking for it." - Stephen Wright
"I would prefer not to." - Bartleby
Spy art, post-art, dropping out, breaking up, abandonment, art at a 1:1 scale, disappearance, unart, refusal, quitting, vacating, renunciation, withdrawal - such are some of the multitude of terms used to describe various strategies of what might also be called escape artistry. School of Self-Reliance and Randall Szott will have an open conversation about the ever shifting contours of this elusive domain. What do these tactics have to offer a cultural apparatus so committed to visibility? What generative potential is there in such gestures? And is that question itself a trap?
Background readings found here: https://randallszott.org/