We are living through a uniquely unstable moment. Climate change and global fascism are imminent threats to all life and only socialism can save us.
Moreover, everyone deserves the freedom to lead a life full of self-expression and community. Even if the world were not living through an urgent global crisis, any fulfilling life (for someone who shares our values) would have to be spent building a world free from coercion and authority.
In the same way that we must resist fascism and build socialism in the world of politics, we must do the same in the world of aesthetics. If one believes that art could do anything, then art must do something.
This is not some selfless sacrifice but a responsibility to ourselves and each other– a natural consequence of taking yourself and your work seriously.
I don't see any possibility for productive engagement with the ivory-tower, capitalist-enriching, debt-pyramid scam that is modern art world. The rest of these blocks refer to art as it exists outside the world of galleries and museums.
Similarly, any art that seeks to document the current state of the world– to highlight injustice, to point and say, "Hey look! [ insert thing ] is bad! (and I am good for pointing this out and now you are good for looking at this good art)"– is completely useless. This kind of art is at best impotent– we all know that the world is fucked and we need political imagination / hope, not more things to feel helpless to change. And at worst it only serves to fortify the artist's ego / market standing and cleanse the sins of any collectors of the art.