art opinion no. 636

Encyclopaedia of an art opinion

An Art Authority asked me to complete the painting with one curved corner  (sea plan below) by finding a line that would close the open part of its orange and blue border. ‘Simple’, I thought, but simple indeed. Then while strolling down the street for a coffee one day, I actually found an orange and blue line that seemed to fit. I grabbed it and completed the painting, then filed and had stamped with endorsement the above ‘art opinion job report’. However, people claimed that the painting’s border was still open. ‘Nonsense’, replied the Authorities, ‘our art opinions are never wrong’. Yet no matter the authority invested in me, people, most bizarrely, continue to see the situation differently.

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ART OPINION NO.           636         
IN YOUR OPINION, IS THIS ARTWORK NOW CLOSED AND THUS COMPLETED? YES / NO

WHAT IS THE RATIONAL BEHIND YOUR OPINION? Although unable to close the painting’s (cont’d) border ‘physically’, by placing the line on this wall so close, the viewer’s memory, I believe, will carry it the rest of the way and thus close the border ‘conceptually’.
TIME    10:20am       AND DATE     Thursday, 12 March 1998      

 

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ART AUTHORITY
NO. 656
HEREBY ENDORSES
THIS ART OPINION