Make sense, not art
Which brings me to today's topic: what in the devil is Tracy Emin on about now? As of last Friday, the heart of London's Southbank boasts her latest shock n'awe image: swimming sperm on a (21 ft by 15 ft) flag that reads, "One Secret is to Save Everything."
Hayward Gallery director, Ralph Rugoff, praised Emin's "precise sense of paradox and ambiguity in subverting what might be a reassuring formula for happiness." Now maybe I am just not artistic or spiritual enough, but is this guy or Emin's piece trying to suggest that saving sperm is the key to happiness? Surely, Monica's famous blew (sorry blue) dress proved otherwise?
But maybe we should be grateful for any lack of sense. Sometimes the less direct the better.
As the second in a series of artworks commissioned by the Southbank Centre, Tracey Emin's flag is at Jubilee Gardens until 31st July.