You’re right, I don’t really need to abstain from showing my works online. It’s a little idiotic and reactionary. But here is my position (which is a little idiot and reactionary, of course) : When people see paintings online, they look at a photograph with all the artifacts that photography imparts. They didn’t see the painting. Just as a picture of a woman looks only a little like the woman herself, a painting has the same issues. Some paintings are photogenic, while others “look so much better in person.” So when I decline to post pictures of my work what I’m trying to do is make a point. I’m saying that when you look at a 72ppi photograph of a painting on your uncalibrated screen, you are not looking at a painting at all. And since my work these days are trying to take advantage of the surface of the painting and how lighting conditions effects the viewing, to show it online, where I lose both those factors, is absurd… That’s why I don’t want to show them online. Maybe my paintings are designed to not be “photogenic”. Or that I think the photo just shows their image, and it loses their personality. I don’t want them to be without their personality!
Duchamp’s “Fountain” was a urinal. An actual urinal that you would piss in. He submitted it as art in a group show 100 years ago. This is the grandfather act of Conceptual Art and Found Object. Believing that those two forms of art have been played out; I say that I “piss in Duchamp’s fountain” in that I return his “art” back to what it actually is… a urinal.