[Jandek] sa JANDEK on CORWOOD - my two-bobs
legendtofski at gmail.com
Tue Sep 6 21:24:46 PDT 2005
I finally got to see the docco that seems to have 'broken' Jandek to a wider
audience. I thought it was quite slick and informative and not as
pretentious as some made it out to be. I had no problem with the evocative
images they showed over songs _ I mean they couldn't interview the guy what
else were they gonna put in there? Anyway here are my personal 'conclusions'
made from the film (some may have ealready been thrown around on this list):
1. He's just some regular guy that made his own primitive records during the
DIY craze of early punk, was greatful about Milstein's positive early
reviews and went on from there.
2. Most of the 'experts' on his work are bigger weirdoes and sociopaths that
the man they think is one. Dr. demento anyone? richie unterberger? And that
bloke who went on about the long-winded freudian psycho analysis about his
'emotional wall' seemed like he had a bigger one to get over himself.
3. His name is a combo of 'january' and 'a friend called decker'. That had
me ROTFLMAO. And people did a search on some Eastern european link??!
4. The banality of middle-class suburbia can produce startling works of
'outsider' art, rather than have them emerge from 'cool' 'creative zones'
like NYC, SF, Paris, London etc...
All up though I found it quite an inspiring docco. it just shows you that if
you have the desire to do something creative, you can do it, w/o needing the
validation of 'hipsters' or march through the aesthetic artistic pecking
order to get there. another thing is that is is a great example of the
notion of 'artifice' in art, the persona of the art doesn't have to be the
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