1910

Another sketch of the block where I live. The architecture is very interesting. Sometimes it seems more interesting than the landscape. This is from a few months ago during the artists studio tour in town. I just sat on the sidewalk in a comfortable chair in front of the shop that carried my work. I’m always noticing the people and the divisions amongst them, the ones who are curious and like to watch were the few, then there’s the ones that give a look of disdain, paaah, who does he think he is?, and the ones who walk right into me as if I were invisible. This interests me as much as the architecture.

5 Responses to “1910”

  1. melancholiastudioinc Says:

    I am always fascinated by how many people will come to a studio tour and do everything but look at the art. Especially with a few food stands around selling greasy treats. Perhaps they would admire paintings of ketchup packets or dolls with clogged arteries.

    That’s a lovely sketch of the building. Water color? I’ve never tried water color pencils, but I might. Someday.

    I was reading about decorating Easter Eggs. You can dip them, dye them, tie dye them, even imprint the with flowers (which sounded nice). I once rubbed red rose petals onto some doodles, a nice pinkish color. But I was thinking, I’d rather paint on the egg, handle it and touch it rather than put it in a bath of something. Which I suppose is the problem with computers, all you touch is the stylus and the keys. I was watching a documentary about origami, and one of the artists said something to the effect of, “The pleasure taken in the process should show in the piece.”

    Some of my pieces don’t turn out so well in the end because I am simply too tired to maintain a high enough level of concentration. Life is all too arbitrary.

    • graphicanthropology Says:

      I think its really important to take pleasure in the process, even if it doesn’t seem to turn out well. In some of my pieces the image appears extremely hostile, but I still really enjoy the process. I don’t think people really like to see art work showing what they are really like. Although I have had a few shows of that kind. Depends on the times, and the locations. These days people seem to be hoping to look around the corner and see a rainbow, or a flower, or maybe a teddy bear, somewhere.

      • melancholiastudioinc Says:

        I can assure you throwing in a doll or teddy bear only makes the statement more devastating. Because people associate themselves so much with their facades to get them by — the clown, the doll, the cuddly bear, just masks.

        Some of the recent artists think they are so rebellious returning to abstract expressionism, or some variation of Dada, but I have not seen a one to be anti-war, or pro-choice, the backlash against the painting here in NY the one painted with “dung” (which is a common painting medium in Moroccan culture) has not been forgotten, and now they dare not do anything at all. The backlash was not only about that painting, but severely limited further contributions to the NEA, painted artists as dangerous subversives, etc., and the Christian Right under the Bushes and Reagen gained so much power there may be no going back. I can’t even show my dolls.

      • graphicanthropology Says:

        Perhaps artists really are dangerous subversives, I do try my best sometimes. There have been a few works that really turned the public toward discourse about the arts. I remember the ‘Meat Dress’ exhibit in the Vancouver Art Gallery in the 1990’s. A dress made of meat, literally, left on view until it wreaked of rotten meat. It was a protest piece on the subjugation, oppression of women. A lot of people got upset about how much money the artist received. She had her student loan paid off by the gallery I believe. But people howled in protest. The truth needs prettier clothes for people to look at it. They have to be tricked into looking. And thats where the idea of dangerous subversive comes back, artists hide things in their work, and sometimes the work has meaning that is not for the glory of the culture it comes from. I think that frightens some people, subliminal ideas can be very powerful. People can’t decide if they have just changed their mind about a subject, or if someone has changed their mind for them, tricked them. If people believe they were tricked, then its easy to blame someone else when things don’t work out. Its like that saying, ‘don’t shoot the messenger!’, but people do, they do it all the time. Fascists like Hitler and Stalin knew the power of art very well, they rounded up any that they couldn’t force into graphics workhouses for the state, and killed them. A good fascist knows their mortal enemy is a free artist. We organize peoples thoughts into imagery that doesn’t need to be spoken, and crosses language barriers.

  2. melancholiastudioinc Says:

    I completely agree with you.

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