So I know it has been a long while since I posted, there has been a handful of reasons…reason number one being time and energy only allow for so much rushing from internet cafe to internet cafe .I kindda figure if it I was meant to be concentrating on it there would be a little more “FLOW” and things would be easier. That has yet to happen so as things are I been spending time trying to make a buck er at the gym.
I guess I felt the same about art and the reason why came up in a conversation with a gallery owner I was speaking to yesterday. It had been a while since I had talk to him and even longer since I stepped into a gallery. I had just finished a massive work out and that none the less I popped by to say hello. As we spoke our conversation covered many things we had touched on before when at one point he say….”WOW …you have really mellowed out….you use to be a little….”
to which I explained I just bombed every muscle in my body so the majority of my energy was spent…
and then I thought that is exactly what the problem of the entire art industry was…here I was making and creating ORIGINAL WORK with passion and merit, which I believe spoke for itself, as all artwork should. Anyone with an art history degree should have told people to be jumping all over it. truth be told as long as I was who I was or even who people presumed who I was I would never get anywhere in the art world….
WHY YOU MIGHT ASK????
CAUSE the art world is an INDUSTRY just like any other and I didn’t come from their cookie cutter INSTITUTIONALIZED art world. Nobody wanted to admit that some “REBEL” who never finished college (guess they should have asked if I went to an all arts highschool and was classically trained by tutored in my teens), listened to HARDCORE and heavy metal MUSIC that looked a little “rough” around the edges might have a creative idea. It might destroy everything they worked so hard to make the pubic believe was art.
At first I was offend…. then thought about it through the eyes of ART HISTORY ITSELF…
Caravaggio was nicknamed “UGLY TOM” and moved from town to town even having to escape a province in ITALY to escape the Death Penalty…yet the same guy managed to paint this
Goya who in his younger years was recognized as a man who “Painted by day, carousing by night engaging in bull fighting Sundays and Holidays…and sword play for good measure…reached his first serious crisis at nineteen when the gang of which he was leader tangled with a rival gang and several were killed.” He fled to Madrid “where he again mixed violence and art becoming better known for the former than the latter. Picked up one night from the gutter with a dagger in his back…” (pg39-40 Enjoying Modern Art by Sarah Newmeyer) None the less though he become a portrait painter for the bourgeois and even went on to hold a position in the Spanish court… ( on an interesting side note learned to draw as child using sticks with burnt ends as charcoal) he was also created
which leads me to my last example a little later in history and closer to home and that would be one of Quebec and Canada’s national treasures
for this example I am not going to get much into his history, I am no longer at the café as this has taken a day and a bit between other resonsibilities and do not have internet access for proof of reference ect. what I have heard off hand from people he knew was he was a big and boisterous man. He was rough and rugged with a love for nature and his drink. He was rarely worried about selling art or paying bills. His lust for life unprecedented and he lived it to the max . When he entered a room you KNEW he was there. So what has he got to do with this ? EVERYTHING because from experience my guess is if he were to walk in to a gallery today, without anyone knowing his name or any past credentials he would AUTOMATICALLY BE WRITTEN OFF as he no longer fits the mold. Really would believe that this man
So where does that leave us? Hopefully questioning how we look at art. As my friend the gallery owner pointed out” Art is one of the last unregulated industries.” So how do we determine it’s worth? In all honesty I can’t tell you. I can say that the current “weeding out” process often weeds out the wrong artists. You see art isn’t created in a Masters program or sterile studio rented out of upper east Manhattan. Art is GUTTURAL, it’s DIRTY, IT’S MISSING TEETH. It is MESSY HAIR , UNBUTTONED SHIRTS and HOLEY SOCKS. It is a passion that burns in the night that makes you create whether you want to or not Or as Leonard Cohen once sang about music “it is a cold and drunken Hallelujah.” There are certain qualities in art that cannot be taught. It is what separates the true masters from those who slip through cracks.
Don’t believe me then how can a guy who gave you this
then give you this
Still don’t believe me then maybe you should invest in this.(* see authors note) It is not that I can not appreciate the efforts put forth in these works. Nice drawing and images do not necessarily equal ART THOUGH. When I look at some of these works I think how quaint, these people studied art and art history and are now trying to reproduce it. In these works I see Matisse, Otto Dix, I see Christo, I see Bacon, as well as figurative and abstract works from the eighties. No kicks In the teeth or being dragged from the gutter. Nothing new or exciting. As institutional as the walls in a hospital. It is not that everything has to be new and different, it has to have some guts though.
Now I am not saying that that is the only place that art can come from. There have been lots of incredible artist that have been schooled as a matter of fact all the above where. I am say that just because it comes from elsewhere it should be discredited. I think what makes REAL ART is it has to have a HUMAN QUALITY. one that we can all feel or makes us think. It cannot be faked. It can not be a kitschy idea or a nod in the direction of something from the past. We intrinsically know what speaks to us. Sure it can have those element, there has to be something more otherwise it will fade . History speaks and is brutal as time easily forgets our efforts. True art stands the test of time, regardless of whether it was schooled or accepted. Need further proof???….thumb through a few biographies of some the greats the answers are there. Need a place to start google Cezanne and as fer not fitting in I woud rather be the man who made these works and everything I was and lived to make these works then EVER BE ACCEPTED cause I had the right look.
for more great modern artists to invest in….
(authors note upon consideration it occurred to me that no matter what route you took in art you had to sacrifice something. If these artist are here they must be for a reason. In all honesty I could never judge these works of art from the computer in order to truly appreciate works of art they must be seen in life which I guess is why Saatchi online offers a 30 day back money guarantee. No offense was meant to any of the artist they just served as my protagonists for this work. for ideas on buying art