Exhibit A: Quote from a statement by an artist who will remain anonymous:
"Many of the patterns seem to reference specific modes of abstraction typically associated with High Modernism...the site of the pattern, is banal and nothing more than ephemera—transitory, mechanical, mass-produced, and not intended to be retained. I am currently interested in the idea that when removed from their common, everyday usage these patterns could be mistaken for serious critical investigations of abstraction. Through works ranging from traditional drawings and paintings, to meticulous, serial installation, the displacement of the patterns is one of mindful fragmentation, redirecting the attention focused on the pattern away from [its] context of to reposition it in the rubric of abstraction."
Exhibit B: A well-known Banksy quote:
"The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little."
I don't know about you, but both of these combined make me want to grab a spray can and hit the streets.