The painting above is from the site Deviant Art which is one of my favorite art sites. There is also a link to that site on the painting shown above – IT IS NOT MY PAINTING so I am giving that site a link here to prove my honest intentio and general bona-fides – I hope they don’t mind. The title of the work is Bad Painting, which prompts the question - what is art?
By contrast to this painting, visit the MagickMirrors.com Art Site and there you will see beautifully structured art work executed with great skill by a relatively unknown artist Hettie Rowley. The enormous skill that real art requires for its execution is pretty damn obvious on that site. By the way, Hettie Rowley teaches art and you can find her school at Art Classes Perth which is great if you live in Western Australia, but maybe a bit of a journey otherwise!
And yet, the ‘bad art’ above has a genuine appeal to me, even though I recognize it objectively as being a childish scribble – it nevertheless has real charm. And this is the eternal conflict we find in all segments of all societies – some people think that the value of art is entirely subjective and that is any single person thinks a work to be beautiful, then it is. Antithetical to this view is that which says that if no skill is required in the execution of an artwork then no matter what its subjective appeal – it is essentially worthless.
Which brings me to my viewpoint: It is not an expression of ignorance or to denounce the unskilled works of self-proclaimed artists who produce unstructured outbursts of line, color and form as – JUNK!!!!
Quite frankly, the egalitarian outbursts of the ‘modern art’ (read ‘timeless junk’ for the main part), may have been seen as rational and politically essential in Maoist China, but today in a free society, we are at liberty to say that The Emperor of Modern Art Has No Clothes.
I am personally sick to death almost of seeing unstructured junk assessed by clueless, politically motivated academics winning prizes paid for with public money in and hanging in our public spaces. This is the Andy Warhol Brillo Pad fiasco re-enacted again and again by such talent-less frauds as Tracy Thingummybob who won the Turner Prize for an unmade bed surrounded with syringes and used condoms.
Whilst this banal and sordid expression of life’s meaning may have deep significance for her, MOST OF US ARE NOT INTERESTED. To call such a thin art is a TRAVESTY and an insult to every competent struggling artist who produces work with real talent and skill. Such displays are NOT ART – they represent the PUBLIC MASTURBATION OF INCOMPETENT WANNABES – and they are then awarded prizes by fools who we pay with our taxes. Well I say ENOUGH!!!
This rant will continue in a few days when I have time!