Monthly Archives: April 2018

MAYBE YOU ARE WRONG ABOUT WHAT IS ART

MAYBE PREACHING TO THE CHOIR

                            MATISSE, a master of representational to abstract

 

When I see a beautiful sunset or a colorful bird I really am moved and love that experience. When I see a dolphin or a zebra in a zoo I find it cool and interesting. In short, I do like the natural world very much. Being in the experience and capturing it on film are one of my passions. Why is it then when I see these things in paintings I yawn? Because art should bring more than beauty to us. A lot more.

For people like Picasso, Matisse, Van Gogh, O’ Keefe, Monet and many others I admire, the journey from beauty was about the process of growth. If that took some dark turns, they went down those roads. But it was a journey of the intellect. Without that we have mere illustration. Read Norman Rockwell’s book: Norman Rockwell, Illustrator. He clearly knows the difference and explains it well.

Artists embrace frustration because they know that is a doorway t break through to more progress. It is not usually a doorway to sales, at least not at first.

The reason some people hate abstract (and indeed, why is it hate?) is that they do not understand abstraction is all around us and it is as old as cave art…..and most abstraction comes out of representational imagery. It would be shocking to some to see how well abstract artists drew and painted before they moved onward. I would quickly add that this is not a requirement however. It is incredible to me that any artist would trade their imagination for what they expect others would want.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MODERN ART?

WHAT THEY HECK IS ART? WELL……..MAYBE IT ISN’T LIKEABLE TO YOU,

BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT ISN’T ART

“I don’t care what you say, you can’t call that art….I don’t like this modern stuff.” The paintings, textile design and sculpture here are from the period called, “Russian Constructivism.” they were done from1916-1921. A hundred years ago.
People are very reluctant to make any solid statement about art….because it always seems that there are exceptions. But I think we can agree that if you think “modern art” (non-objective, abstract, etc.) is new you could be wrong. Artists are not interested in copying the past to make it marketable, that wouldn’t be too creative. So before you jump to the familiar or reject the odd, remember art is not there to make something match the couch…..that would be decoration.