21 June 2008

What I Think Art Means to You

I'll talk here briefly about the complex topic of what art is to a person. Does a person have to be preconditioned to art in order to appreciate art? Are artists con artists or is art actually a innate human mechanism?

Art at First Glance
I can honestly say I've not liked an artwork at first glance but over time, the painting grew on me. I refer to the piece, Joe Coleman's "As You Look Into the Eye of the Cyclops, So it Looks Into You".

I saw this in an issue of Juxtapose magazine. At first I was repulsed by this. I didn't even consider it art. I felt it was too much looking at pictures. Like the artist used the television as a crutch. Like none of the imagery in the piece was from the artists own imagination.

Over time though, this painting imprinted itself into my mind. I'm a fan of detail. Prior to seeing Joe Coleman art, my main interests in art was Albrecth Durer, and ancient Chinese art. I was very hard to impress when it came to prolific detail and technique. I've never had to opportunity to see a Coleman in person, and I'm sure if I did, my immediate reaction would have been different.

None the less, this art challenged my view, my critical theory of what art and painting was at the time. I now regard this piece as one of the greatest paintings of all art history. Seriously, nothing, by any other artist that has ever lived compares to this vision. This art although not perfect in its historical facts like the 9/11, war on terror, Bush and all that. This does speak to the audience about our contrived fears through the power of the American tv media.

The power of this art is in its sincere force to accomplish the piece, that this is done with an extremist, religious devotion. That force of incredible intricacy and astute research and translation is phenomenal. It seems foreign and alien to our mortal lives. As if it was delivered here by a crazy old hermit from who the world shuns. This is breathtaking for me. The feelings I get from this is near religious awe.

This is the power of art I regard as meaning. This art delivers wonder and amazement, inspiration. This art makes me feel strong and empowered. It makes me want to analyze and realize the world around me, not just nature, but the unnatural too. I want to read deeper into everything I'm bombarded with. I want to do drugs and see art like this. I want to fall asleep and have a great dream that looks like this. For me, most of all, I want to do work comparable to this. Maybe you can too, in whatever work you do. This piece offers the sincerest, highest emancipation of truth of diligence.

Art, the Artist, and Reproduction i.e. Sex

For me, art is my distinct characteristic that I rely on for people to like me, to treat me nice, and should I dare say be attracted to me? Aside from the religiousdevotion the art work illuminates, I think it also represents the artist's own discipline, perversion, humor, and obsessiveness he sees life as. I don't know much on the artist Joe Coleman's personal life, and I don't think anybody should, but I do know he has had long lasting relationships with women, but I think he is childless. So was Albrecth Durer. Although I think I've heard he has tried to conceive a child, but that they died in miscarries. I've also read that he had bragged about his many loving relationships with women. Its also been said that he was considered a beautiful man. I don't know what to say about that, he has a knarly beard, I guess women like that. I've also read that he did not know how to dance, so he paid for dance lessons, tried them out and walked out on the lessons because he didn't like to dance. For some reason I don't like to dance either. So I was delighted to read that, but at the same time it doesn't ameliorate the difficulties of finding a partner.
So not knowing how to dance kind of narrows the playing field when it comes to women.
I think, being in the professional world of art, outside the school system, in San Antonio with a modest art scene, it makes it that much more difficult to find success with women.
Durer lived in Italy for God sakes. Coleman lives in NYC. I assume the rates of sexual success skyrocket in places like that.
I lived in Providence, RI, and it was great there, but then again that was in on a college campus, but if anything, it should be a sign of success. I mean getting a college degree is supposed to mean something about whats coming to you in your life.

I guess with anything about being an artist like this you have to be patient. They say patience is a virtue, they also say ambition waits for nothing. I'm stuck in this predicament, where I want to be a normal human being, I have desires and a sex drive and all that, but at the same time I have to hang in the balance and put most of my energy forth on motivation and strength to endure isolation, that is comparable to prison.

No matter, sexual success would be a motivating factor in the the production of art. I don't know why, but it seems like the artist isn't allowed to think about sex, like I'm supposed to see beyond it. In actuality its probably what I'm seeking out as much as money. Long term reproductive success with a woman would probably rate higher than money. Don't they say that friends are more important than money?

I guess this is the only thing I got to aspire to:
Tony Montana: In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women.

So I see art as a tool for reproductive success. I heard women like a guy to be good at something, doesn't matter what it is, shinning shoes, anything. So here I am.

Art as Monetary Value
I got to talk about this. I want to know about the market value of art works from Durer when he was alive. I heard that he was world famous by the age of 28. Thats what that portrait of him I put up here is from. He's 28, and wearing expensive clothes and white gloves with no paint on them, supposedly showing how good he is. They say by that age he had pulled himself out of some sort of financial debt. He was borrowing money from a friend of his I think while he was in Italy. In Durer's journals he says that the amount of money he spent on food for himself was equivalent to the amount the mayor of the city of Nuremberg made in a year. That must have been a lavish lifestyle.

I heard Joe Coleman sells his art for $50,000 a painting. So when I look at a piece by him, I'm not only looking at the masterful art, I'm also looking at art that is worth 50 grand today, if not more, that was like a 2006 figure. I think I heard him getting $100k for art. I've heard other mediocre artists getting that much for some paint splattered on a canvas, I could imagine Joe's art to be worth that high figure.

Money makes art meaningful. Some people get blinded by the market value of art and assume its a great, religious marvel when it might not be. I see things that are just commercial art but they are endorsed to be great genius for some reason and companies pay millions of dollars for it. Companies are bigger than people, so I guess that by working, catering towards that market is a business plan to get silly rich.

That sucks because you get a art market that is flooded with bullshit, and a lot of people like the bull shit, a lot of pretty girls going to the some trendy art opening in Chelsea . They see some crappy paint splatter, or some high end looking glossy white canvas sail to Bausch and Lomb for 3 million, suddenly every thing you see is that from sea to shining sea. And people start trying to seek that out, this is money, this is worth millions, if you could do this, your a artistic genius.

Whatever you want to cater towards, do you want your art hanging in the lobby of a skyscraper sold to a company, or do you want to sell to individuals is part of the foresight of the motivation of art.

Some people also work at art backwards because of this. Like there are people that use their sex appeal to sell art. I guess, thats fine if I know you, but if you aren't helping me out than there is something wrong with you. Art is a tradition. Its not some newly fabricated Andy Warhol cocaine factory experiment. It has a long history of deciphering the human mind by learning from previous visionary minds to capture the essence of the continually evolving modern man. The world is plummeting into chaos, and its hard to compare that to a hot piece of ass, which would you choose? Tough choice. May the best man win.

Art as Morality
One thing that is hard to determine in my own art is perceptions of morality. I don't have a definative explanation for all the worlds problems. Thats an ongoing issue in my art. Art has been used throughout history as a means of propagating moral belief systems. Art today is now graphic arts, the media. Sunday mass has been replaced by the big football game. Both are one in the same in my view. For the most part the Christian church evolved into the American media, sans the wisdom.

Alright, so my art does try to get across a moral message, and that would probably be the main component in the production of my art. For a overview of that, just look at the art I've done and keep watching cuz there's a lot more to come. But, yes, art does have the power to represent ideals, and morals. I think that is why companies favor art that is devoid of political voice. That is why artistic genius is promoted as art that pertains to the green movement, or the new Hollywood action flick, Transformers, or some other teeny bopper brain washing fest.

Just be aware that the same people that tried to brainwash kids into double agents are the ones that have a lot to do with everything you see on television, on myspace, anything that is mainstream, neo con, America is doing the right thing, just sit back, shut up, while we get you off with soft core teeny bopper porn and stuff you full of GMO food. Its what the psychopaths want. They been studying the human brain for the past 100 years. Now, driving is getting harder to do so you will definately be spending more time in front of the boob tube or some other brain washing mechanism. If you think that these people who have brain washed people during the MK Ultra project didn't learn anything about how to program your mind, you got to be in the midst of their grasp, so take a good long look in the mirror or take a look at my art, and try to see within yourself if you've fallen ill to the NWO master plan.

All in all, its hard to say what you think of art. I think you think art. There are many forms of "art" you are hit with. For people that don't know what to consider art, TV watchers predominately, what they see on there is a form of art. From there, VH1 graphics are cool and Po Mo to the hipster teeny boppers in high schools and colleges across the country and in most of the major museums.
So most of you are living off of art that is devoid of voice. You have been educated to love shiny plastic shapeless blobs of form and convinced you of genius with a 3.6 million dollar price tag. You've been taught that artists are heroin addicts, high on drugs, hate life, depressed with dark sinister thoughts. Or on the other hand are happy, commercial friendly, teeny bopper, cute sex toys.
So I hope you can come to your senses and appreciate, seek real art. Although its limited in the scope of the trash in text books, these artists are prolific with genius, that is the beauty of great art, its everything you want to experience, its the whole spectrum of life. Its a passion for life. Experience Joe Coleman, Alex Jones, these guys got great ideas. Its what we need in this world.

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