Artists come from a position of privilege where forays into low culture (subculture / bad art / humor / kitsch / cartoons) are regarded as progressive (subversive / destabilizing / refreshing / deskilling).
The artist, with a surplus of agency, does some public bloodletting in a show of health and humility.
We are the opposite, coming from below.
We are pretentious / bourgeois /  arriviste.
We take whatever agency we can get.
Why do we do this?
This question, being at the root of our practice, is answered in the work itself.
In the meantime, it might help to keep in mind:
  • Art continues to predict its end
  • Class is a transitional self-identity
  • Ideas of The Artist are always changing
  • Artists are required to accept projections of agency
  • Entertainment raises us
  • Fandom is a real sociocultural force 
  • Comics is to art as populism is to cartels
  • Design, like the algorithm, is subsuming aesthetic paradigms and remapping high/low in unpredictable ways

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