Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I recently learned that Beck's grandfather was Al Hansen. Hansen was a prominent artist affiliated with the fluxus movement in the 50's and 60's. How's that for a direct genealogical line from the beatnik fluxus artwork, which was often immaterial, based on chance, and performative, to Beck's position as the quintessential slacker of the 90's. This is starting to make sense. I see now how slacker art has some roots in the fluxus movement. Hansen made collages out of cigarette butts, Beck sings about being a loser. It couldn't be any simpler.