I realized that I only really talk about Art History (when I'm talking about myself / the writing or art that I make) because I want to talk about Minimalism and conceptual art. Then, I realized that when I refer to conceptual art practice I'm mostly referring to intentionality. Like, that the work's meaning is in an abstracted "goal" or "task" or something. How much of minimalist and conceptual work relies on allusion? Discourse and evidence as distinct, only sometimes interlocking, ways of thinking about art. Like Tony Smith's Die.
So then I realized that when I'm talking about art in relation to myself, I'm talking about the aesthetics of being passive-aggressive, basically. And let me tell you: it's gorgeous.