‘Me, Martin & I’
The private and the personal are common phenomena in art nowadays. It is nothing unusual to be confronted with intimate expressions in the work of contemporary artists. We may blush, but are not shocked. But what happens when the personal involves abuse of the body; what happens when it is not clear if somebody can look after himself; what happens when the leading character is perhaps not of sane mind or is unaware of the potential consequences of their involvement.
The critics tend to preach when they consider something to be humanly degrading, or when they assume somebody is not in control. The work is filed as “mad” or “sick” and kept out of the critical discussion. But are we permitted to preach?