PRINT December 2015


Seth Price

Felix Bernstein is sensitive to the symptoms of the hypermediatized New York City creative realm because he exhibits them. In Notes on Post-Conceptual Poetry (Insert Blanc Press) he calls bullshit on a lot of people, including Felix Bernstein, a character who understands sneak attacks, strategy, unmasking, disarming. Why this martial language? Because it’s a moment in the culture when people think everything’s fucked up. That statement should be interrogated, and Bernstein does. Putting dumb scare quotes around anything in the sentence lends it new funny/vicious flavors, and it still stands.

Bernstein’s book is basically a symptomology report, which is one definition of an artwork. Symptoms include youth culture, the avant-garde, queer theory, alt lit, and social media. What use words in a visual sphere like the art world? What use politics? Are young people screwed (or the

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