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Pissed in the pool.

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Date Minted:  July 22, 2020

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CohentheWriter’s Commentary:

Now this, this is REViiser_MINT. The colors, the composition, the attitude, all of it displays REViiser_MINT’s unique eye and style. Pissed in the pool. is a focused offering, an anti-whale, pro-Trash Art anthem that sings as loud today as it did when it was minted in July of 2020. It is, itself, an ironic piece, the exact thing it outwardly purports to criticize but which, in reality, it celebrates. Art in all its forms. Art in all its expressions. Art created for every purpose. Trash art, the movement, grew out of a desire to throw this limitlessness in the face of art “purveyors” and investors who demanded there be some kind of academic fineness to this newfound explosion of visual art. But as Duchamp and Warhol did before them, the Trash Artists flooded the market with momentary, hyper-reactionary, pissed off and pejorative artwork. Pissed in the pool. is not just an extension of that tradition, but an encapsulation of it. It is Trash Art graphics, Trash Art confidence, and Trash Art anger. Obviously the name is a double-entendre. Obviously, this piece is venom. 

But look at all the pretty colors! Here, in Pissed in the pool., a sequence of pastel, saltwater-taffy colors provide the piece a candy-coated, bubblegum feel despite its messaging. Perhaps that seeks to bely or underlie the jagged, glitchy composition of the texture underneath it, all low-bro, repetitious lines graphically copy-and-pasted again and again and again, though the sequence of colors —pinks, bright greens, and mahogany’s, oranges and reds, greys, mottled blue-greens like that of swamp water, navy blues, royal blues, baby blues— separates these textures into boxes, constructed almost like a webpage. Or perhaps constructed exactly as a webpage; up at the top of the image, the classic Operating System overhang is recreated, providing us the following options: File, Edit, Help, Help, Help, Help. Wait, something isn’t right. But that’s the gag, isn’t it? Something isn’t right, and that something is captured in the lower half of the piece, as the following words flash endlessly therein: “Bad art is ruining the scene and scaring away investors.” Above it, flashing with similar cadence, a series of six television sets is replaced by a series of seven handguns, the two flashing between each other again and again. 

Guns, televisions, bad takes about art, and a webpage that is, in and of itself, crying out for help. What could it all mean? Is REViiser_MINT themselves trapped within this piece of art, crying for a way out? Is it reflecting an internet sensibility, perhaps the pain of the internet itself as it is bastardized by the voices of influencers and investors? 

Well, that’s the thing about Trash Art: Unless you were there, it’s hard to know exactly what’s being referenced in any given moment, in any given piece. Whatever was happening on or around July 22, 2020, when this piece was minted, likely provided the emotional and conceptual fodder for its composition. I could not find any real-world location for the source language ““Bad art is ruining the scene and scaring away investors,” so perhaps it is an amalgamation of different takes about the direction the crypto art world was heading in. From what I understand, influential collectors within the space like J1mmy and Pablo were decrying the Trash Art movement in general, calling for art to take itself more seriously, to consider the “Fine” in Fine Art as more an imperative. Naturally, the internet responded to these calls for seriousness as it responds to everything: with ridicule, with sarcasm, with memes. Pissed in the pool has within it the genealogy of meme culture. It has the cheeky and unserious title. It has all the righteous anger of a generation/culture scorned. It has an almost incomprehensible visual language which one would have to be knowledgeable enough about happenings within the space to comprehend. For the uninitiated, this piece is not. For the well-learned or for those who were there, however, it’s a rich text harkening back to a specific moment and a specific time, a specific artistic sensibility, and a specific kind of righteous indignation.

One thing I’ve always appreciated about trash art is that it, though righteous anger is a part of its emergence, never positions itself as holier-than-thou. There is almost always, within these trash art pieces, a self-denigration, as if to say “We know what you dislike about us, and we’re going to do exactly that to show how little we care about you.” In creating a phantom voice for this class of influencers and investors, Pissed in the Pool. is allowed to chagrin the totality of this opinion instead of any specific individual, somehow wrapping every anti-Trash individual into its scope, and providing itself a much longer life than it would have if it referenced a specific character. 

And so, in 2022, this piece holds refreshed value, as it almost certainly will again and again, each time new voices enter the art market and say “This isn’t art; art is this_______________.” And each new generation of artists raising their middle finger in response will have Pissed in the pool. and REViiser_MINT to look to as an example, as a predecessor, and as an innovator. 

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