Tuesday, February 16, 2010

the thing called a crit

so the crit was a crit was a crit was a crit. i'm still not sure what i should be getting out of them. apparently i'm on the right track to completion of my project. thats good. the deadline is in a couple wonths and i'm moving on my project so i think all will be well.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

7 Days in the art World-the Studio Visit

Takashi Murakami an interesting artist? He is a boss, a manager, a quality control specialist, a designer, a rich man and has more studios than he needs. Output is good to have in quantity but three studios in japan with hands working for Murakami laying out the blueprint of what needs to be done is this absurd?well yes indead. The whole production line art approach goes back hundreds of years to Rembrandt and Tintoretto, to modern times with Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, and Warhol. I would personally like for the artist to have less output as a production line but to put himself more into his art and instead of making it seem so dry and fabricated. I disliked the chapter. There is so much rubish about a ragamuffin looking sculpture called the "Oval Buddha". The sculpture looks fun just as his sculpture of the anime girl squirting milk out of her tits but it is dumb. is dumb good. I think we may have to ask one of his mushroom people with all the eyes. His work is superfluous. I think of it as eye candy. Maybe something used as a design for something or a public sculpture at a childs playground but not high art. Paul McCarthy and the Viennese Aktionist art more high brow. There is nothing wrong with this but he is important as an artist because he is on the cusp of high brow and low brow. Why he wants to be there I don't know.

7 Days in the Art World- The Crit

John Baldessari along with countless other artist(i.e Alvin Lucier, Judy Chicago, Sadie Banning, Michael Asher, Karen Finley, Peter Halley, Stan Douglas, Jim Shaw, Alan Kaprow,Jeff Wall etc...) make up the Cal Arts faculty and its visiting artist program from past and present. Their prominent alumni is a list of who's who including Tony Oursler, David Salle, Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl, Mike Kelly and Lari Pittman. CalArts was founded by Walt Disney in 1961.
Michael asher's crits can last up to ten hours in length. People bring food,their animals, pillows ,blankets and snacks. The snacks of which are provided by the students being Critted.After ten pages of reading the article almost nothing is mentioned of the crit or its effect on the student. It does state "Crits may be opertunities to hash out communal meanings, but that doesn't mean that students finish the semester with uniform values.Asher feels that it is the students "Post Studio" class not his.
Crits that I had been part of usually have people just sitting around empty minded and full of useless ideas. its hard to hold a crit and evaluate someones work. It usually turns into a "I like this" or " I would do_____if Iwere you."these actions are useless and do nothing to increase the artists aim or ability. It is encouraging when the teacher is struck or intrigued by your work but negative feedback is usually thought of misunderstanding .
MFA stands for mother fucking artist announces a girl on campus. If she were in the crit I would had kicked her out. First because it is a pretentious statement. Second it is child like. and third someone of that mentality does not deserve the priviledge of being in a room with people who are serious about art. it is trite and banal to say the least. The text states"Successful crits become the basis of lifelong interpretive communities of art subcultures."Personally I think it is a lot of nonesense.
There is a book by the writer James Elkins called, Why Art Cannot Be Taught, and he has an extensive chapter on Crits. if anything is learned by crits or how they can be improved upon it is in that book not in 7 Days in the Art World.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Comments on the idea of grad school

Of Course I will go to grad school!!!I had gone to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as an undergrad and would love to go back for grad school. I haven't invested the time to look into the programs as I have been busy with other endeavors as of yet. But I will most likely go into a painting program as that is the field of study that my heart is grounded in.

Images of Jen Manning's work

Friday, November 13, 2009


Tom Raggio or better known as "put label here" as his work was posted as had two large paintings in the back of the main room. they reminded me of joan mitchell's work with very active paint splotches painted over other painted areas. with pencil and tape and drawings added into it. they had an effect on me that i can not place. but i felt the most emphatic paintings in the show belonged to him.
the small 8x10 paintings on panels by gabbe grodin reminded me of art i had seen from the museum of bad art in baltimore. thats not to say that they are bad but quite the contrary they sprung to mind the idea of how not to paint and what should not be done in painting which is exactly what i enjoy in painting as i myself had been painting for 17 years and am constantly trying to make myself in a phrase quoted by john cage "you know you've had a good teacher when you can learn how to forget to ride a bike". if you look at the end of the career of any artist they often deconstruct their painting style.
before learning zen mountains are mountains and men are men during the course of learning they get confused and after you have learned zen men are mean and mountains are mountains but a little bit elevated. that is a thought that runs through me like a river of knowledge would when it comes to a fork in the road. as yogi berra once said when you come to a fork in the road take it. and i think many of the mfa students are doing that. it seems as if though there is too much trying and not enough real art. there are 2 paintings that are beautifully painted but they call them a diptych when they are one painting just too long to be one painting. that i was in dislike about but the work was clean and boring. i do not know if the artist felt the work should be boring or if the majority of the artist in the show realize how boring their work is. should art be boring? that is a good question. is art meant to entertain. can it be both boring and entertaining. should it speak to the viewer and if so how pretentious should it be. for most entertaining art tries too hard and falls short.Eileen Behnke and Summer Baldwin are both good painters but their work doesn't say much one is pictorial and the other representational. i like these things but you can tell from the work that these are artist that need to grow and develop. didi i like the show?is that a relevant question? does it matter?art is meant to be looked at but is it meant to be enjoyed. when you start to enjoy it too much does it become office art or something that someone may want to hang over their couch?and why does this matter. these are thoughts that sprung to mind looking at the art in the exhibit and i still am working on my opinion of latoya.

Thursday, October 29, 2009