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Art is stupid, Long live Art?

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yes. See? It is true. Thanks for thinking of me when you saw the freaks, lu3ke.


Also, I think I hate about 75% of all art. Why am I an artist, then? Simple. I don't really have a choice.

Okay I don't hate that much art. I don't even hate. I see expression and creativity everywhere, and I encourage and cherish that, the act, the process. I could do without most of the product, though. Very few images really manage to strike me. Like *pow*! Truth and beauty, pow pow! It's so rare that it makes me weep when it does strike.

And so, today being Free Museum Day, I am going to get some motherloving art on. Yerba Buena or Asian Art? Hm.

MoMa? Oh wait I get in free there all the time.

And scan my recent paintings and sketches. That's not a threat, it's a promise.

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mopmonster
Aug. 3rd, 2004 02:17 pm (UTC)


caffeina
Aug. 3rd, 2004 02:19 pm (UTC)
Yes! Yes!
omg i think I just had an aneurism!
xriotgrrrlx
Aug. 3rd, 2004 03:14 pm (UTC)
yea, i dont like a lot of art, but i want to be a photogrpaher one day. hm.
caffeina
Aug. 3rd, 2004 03:33 pm (UTC)
girl -
You are a photographer. You might not be selling your work, but that doesn't mean you aren't a photographer. I really like the small sampling of images I've seen from you, but even if I didn't, you'd still be a photographer.

It's daunting, sometimes, to call myself an artist, but I've paid my dues. I went to Art School for some fucking reason. I've made art. I've had shows, critical acclaim, sold work, been hired as a photographer, done work on consignment and won awards. I wish I could find patronage and be whatever the hell I regard as a "real" artist. I need to stop dicking around.
foundsound
Aug. 3rd, 2004 05:16 pm (UTC)
[What Follows Is Heavily Opinionated]

Art's kinda funny these days.

Most of it could probably be defined as outsider, which is often scoffed but has been gaining more popularity lately. This is good news for those with an uncanny, involuntary talent... and good for the rest of us, since they're brought to our attention more easily than probably ever before in art history. Enter the ad/marketing thralls, who see this popularity as potential revenue, an untapped device to sell their established wares to some new demographic (think of the Nike "Presto" campaign a few years back). Soon, the received opinion in art becomes watered down visual identities, and the artform ceases to be an artform. To me, some folks' art ends up looking like existing advertisements, thereby failing to impress me.

Of course, the accessibility to digital technologies open up new artistic avenues; yet this branch of creativity will eventually suffer the same fate (an example: take a look at some of the clever web hackery that was coming out in the early 90s, and then look at Burger King's "subservient chicken" gag a couple of months back). Additionally, we've seen a large uprising of copycats, which used to mean "forgery" but has now changed slightly to include, I think, the numbers of people trying their hand at something without an artistic drive in place. This probably seems like a tough opinion for me to take since most of my work these days is digital and I'm probably one of the largest followers (and potential emulators) of The Designers Republic, but I can't get into sites like DeviantArt because, as much as I'd like to support the hard work out there, most of it looks all the same and/or came from Photoshop plugins; similar things can be said about music and audio, as I have only bad things to say about the subject with the sheer amount of insta-FruityLoops shit out there but work with audio myself (for the record, I own more audio hardware, including home-brewed, than software). There's using your skills and these tools to produce, and then there's reliance on the tools to try to present some sort of skill.

When it comes to art, I can be a real asshole. It's because a lot of art fails me. I still find talent/art/ideas that impress and inspire, which is nice.
brokendo11y
Aug. 3rd, 2004 05:54 pm (UTC)
I completely understand what you mean about art.
I really do try and find "art" in somethings, which maybe shouldn't, but hey it expands the mind.

Also, I forgot it was free art day, so have loads of fun without me.
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