Science, Art, Litt, Science based Art & Science Communication
I read recently that some French artists during the "Golden Age of Painting" faught against art crtics and shows because they felt all outside forces were dangerous if they "influence" their work. I feel there is a lot of truth in it.
All individuals don't think alike. The art and literature work people do reflects their individual thinking. This automatically sets standards and measurements for the people who do works of art. That is what makes literature and art so rich and unique.
What I do represents me and my thoughts. My work is an extension of me. Another person coming from another place and background might have different views & ideas from mine. If I listen to others and follow their instructions, it means that I am losing my identity in art and becoming that " other persons" and allowing my art to take the shape of those critics' world of art and not mine. What makes this world unique is - different people can present a single idea in different ways. If an art critique or an adviser "counsels" everybody and if all of them listen to him and follow his " correct " way of representing the art, all the art works look alike and the art world stagnates. I will give an example here. Damien Hirst deals with skulls frequently. As he is famous and critics and buyers praise his work, several artists started following him ( and some of them became famous too! ). As a result the variety in art got killed
and seeing the same type of art over and over again became very boring and all the charm and different hallmarks of various artists also got lost and the art world became poorer!
And I have also seen some of the students of the great masters and art teachers here in India just following their teachers and doing art in the same way as their masters did. You cannot differentiate between the art of these students and that of their masters! I think the students in these cases are unable to come out of the shadows of their masters and therefore are unable to see things clearly and grow as individual artists. That is really bad for art.
Yes, we can hear what critics and others say about our work, think about it, but we should follow only what our hearts and minds say is the right way to deal with our work. If we fear we might not sell our work or that critics - who are usually influenced by market trends and their environment and therefore are biased in their views - might rip our work apart - this could control our creating process and impact our self-understanding as artists. We lose all our freedom, individuality and as a result we stop growing as artists.
Juries, galleries, shows, critics, competitions and all other external influences are dangerous - they only make us perform - not create and they will kill us as unique human beings and make us artists created by this world.
Yes, I want to go back to the "Golden Age of Painting". I agree with masters like Piccasso and Monet. I will never allow somebody else's view boss over mine because I don't want to lose my identity and that special artistic signature of mine. My art - like all art - is autobiographical. I will not allow others to write my story.
"To understand the importance of your uniqueness, realise that in the history of mankind until now, and ever hereafter, there can never be another you. So remain unique and be yourself."
I had a German friend of mine come by my studio. She was skilled in the BOB ROSS method of painting, an instructor of classes on it. She looked at my art and said she could make me into a real artist by taking her classes. I said 'no thanks'. I explained to her that while she taught a set formula way of painting that all the works of the students came out about the same. They were not unique or different. She said my art would not be worth anything that it took too long to figure things out individually. I said...maybe...but I'll accept that. She was perplexed at why I did not consider her work creative..that's because it wasn't. My work may never be famous, it maynot even be creative....but it won't look like a formula was used to paint it.
You're on the right track Minnie! I remember when I was doing correspondence art courses with Walter Foster Inc,and Pratt Institute in America,everything was so mundane and really pedantic. Three years ago I purchased
5000 dollars worth of books by the best people on art in the publication business,but after studying all of them I have returned to what I want to depict in my style only,giving all those artists and their publications a boot. I never speak to so called professionals in the game, because I get the feeling that none of them know anything,and they are just trying to
cash in on some poor collectors gullibility to make a fast buck.I come from a background of wealthy and high
positioned people,who would give you something free just because you said you liked it.
Moneymaking is for CHARLATANS and good luck to their CON ARTISTS, who want to make hay while the sun