Feb 15, 2013
commented on Charles Krafft Is a White
Nationalist Who Believes the Holocaust Is a Deliberately Exaggerated Myth
Krafft has long maintained the role of artist-iconoclast here in Seattle, bucking the norms of bourgeois society. In 1970 this could take the form of being a hippie squatter in an abandoned fishing cabin on the Skagit River living a life of Buddhist philosophy, poetry and art. But in an increasingly diverse, tolerant and permissive world where revolutionary acts are immediately appropriated by mainstream liberal humanist culture, his desire for some kind of anti-societal 'purity' - combined with an apparent lack of moral principles - has led him deep into the White Nationalist movement. This absence of morality is most disturbing. He laughs at fooling art world elites by presenting them with work that seems to suggest discursiveness when in fact it expresses racial hatred. Such acts of performance art are consistent with the underlying fascist belief that morality is something only for guilt-plagued victims and hypocritical abusers, and that only the person who declares himself free of morality is truly free. It is an odd perversion of Buddhism, to say the least.
Nov 14, 2012
commented on 216 Nipples Later
The problem to me is simply that the artist (a perfect gentleman, by the way) doesn't fully understand the implications of the work he has created. It is the same age-old problem of men making art about women. If he had somehow managed to implicate his artistic self (with its default male identity) in the reductiveness of its vision the piece might have been successful. But seeing his oeuvre over the years - with its emphasis on Duchampian fart-jokes - makes me think he's not quite up to the task.