The third Fleet Foxes album arrives after a six-year hiatus and lands beard-first into the debate on the role of the artist in 2017: to reflect the complex real-world landscape or to make an oblique and beautiful piece of art?
We have entered the age of the woke space opera where war crimes and mass slaughter are perfectly acceptable as long as they form part of a journey towards redemption and self-improvement.
He tells me about a taxi driver he’s met in town. The man hated contemporary art, but has been converted by the artists he has taken to and from the gallery. “He absolutely loves it now. He feels like he’s part of the conversation.” You can tell the story delights Johnson, an artist who insists on everyone’s right to be seen.