Things I Learned In Art School
Journal Note, 15 October 1992
Things I learned In Art School
- Everything is Art
But only when presented as such by an artist. Our kitchen table is not art until it is in a museum or gallery and it is accompanied by an “artist statement” indicating that this used to be a table, but now is art.
- Ball Point Pen Drawings Are Not Art
To be art the drawings should be produced in black ink with a technical drawing pen or some other instrument. Anybody can draw pictures with a ball point pen.
- Functional Pottery Is Not Art
For a ceramic mug to be considered art it must have pieces of jagged, broken glass fused to the rim edge where you drink. Then it becomes a statement.
- Paintings of Flowers Art Not Art
Realistic impressions of pretty composer scenes are passe, amateurish. This is kitsch, not art.
- Bigger Is Better
The serious artist make Big pictures. 20 foot canvases will be more impressive, corresponding to their stature, and will be more impressive than 3 foot paintings, even though there are no rooms large enough to display those massive works.
- Canvasboard Is Not Art
Painters who paint on canvasboard are tipping their hand that they are inexperienced amateurs.
- Commercial Work Is Not Art
Selling your skills to businesses in exchange for money is prostitution. It’s ugly. It’s debauchery.
- Being “Normal” Is Not How An Artist Is
Eccentric is better. Insane is best. (Only in public, however. Preferably at art openings and events.)
TIC with TLC.