The way you do the things you do Wednesday February 2, 2005, 6 comments

Painting is a visual art. People look at paintings, but they don’t see.

Some see. Some see that painting (or any visual art) is not as much about the object being painted (sketched, drawn, photographed, etc.) as it is about the person doing the painting (sketching, drawing, photographing, etc.) and the person looking at the painting (sketch, drawing… you get the point).

If we wanted to see a picture of a rustic tea kettle, we could all take that picture. And 99% of us would end up with a serviceable but boring photograph of a rustic tea kettle. And just like that same tea kettle photographed by a master photographer, the picture will tell us a lot about the way the person who took the picture looks at the world.

One of the reasons certain images appeal to us is because we recognize some small peculiarity in the way the artist sees things that matches our own way. Another reason is because the artist has done a singularly good job of demonstrating to us the way he sees the subject.

Good art speaks volumes about the person viewing it. It also speaks volumes about the way the person who created it sees the world. Curiously, good art says much less about its subject, despite the misconception that the subject is what art is all about.


Comments

Jorge Wednesday February 2, 2005


Thank heavens for boring subjects! :)

Shaun Thursday February 3, 2005


Interesting! Though it’s widely known that art is a form of self-expression I find it strange that so many people wouldn’t realize what you have stated as being quite obvious. Must be weird to be those people.

Jorge Thursday February 3, 2005


There are more of those people than you realize, Shatton.

Shaun Thursday February 3, 2005


I feel that 99.9 per cent of all people are “those people” and you’re telling me that number is actually more? Yikes.

Jorge Friday February 4, 2005


Indeed. 102% of all people are “those people”. It’s depressing.

barry Monday February 7, 2005


yes, and isn’t it nice we have masters who blow us away with their vision…

i’m reminded of something from what you’ve said:

“If we wanted to see a picture of a rustic tea kettle, we could all take that picture. And 99% of us would end up with a serviceable but boring photograph of a rustic tea kettle. And just like that same tea kettle photographed by a master photographer, the picture will tell us a lot about the way the person who took the picture looks at the world.”

and that is the master edward weston

look at his pepper:

http://www.masters-of-photography.com/W/weston/weston_pepper_number30_full.html

look at how erotic that image is…and when he photographs nudes! man!

we all have successes…and ennui…i take great joy in looking at weston’s art…and it’s almost as if i can breathe in the pre WWII air of the monterey coast…how desolate and unpopulated it was then

and from that joy…i take photographs…that are but a grain of sand to the beach of his art…but i enjoy myself as well

some art comes from pain…but take some strength from those that love you and use that too

b

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