Will put these up for sale when they’re finished :)
My friend Lee Court showed me this article today. After reading it I felt like I finally found someone who had the same ideas that I’ve been having for quite some time. I, too, am sick of pretending I ‘get’ conceptual (fine) art. I studied Fine Art in university for 4 years and have considered switching to Illustration several times during those years but never did. I felt like I needed the freedom that Fine Art gave me at the time. Although I do not regret studying Fine Art, I do feel that some students think it’s an easy way of making art. I remember one of my classmates came in once with a dot on a piece of paper. He had a whole conceptual story to go with it, but all I could think was ‘are you kidding me, I spent hours on a drawing and you come in with this, is this a joke??’. He was cheered at by most of the teachers, which was incredibly demotivating. I’ve always felt that the people with a real talent were overlooked because the ones who could talk, draw dots and succeeded at ‘being interesting’ got all the attention.
Attending exhibitions seemed, and still seems, to be more about the free alcohol then the actual art that’s being displayed. My experience with most of the exhibition openings I’ve been to in the last years has been quite bad. Occasionally there are some interesting pieces to be seen and nice people to talk to, but most of the time that’s not the case. There’s a bunch of ‘cool’ people blocking the exit, sipping free wine, talking about their outfits and attempting to understand the meaning of the art they’ve just seen. Most of them won’t understand it and will just pretend they do. I had friends who pretended to understand and who continuously tried to fit in with the art scene. I got incredibly fed up with everyone being fake. Don’t get me wrong, conceptual art can be great at times, but there are only a few gems among a lot of rubbish.
I have been to small exhibitions and I have been to big ones like the Biennale in Venice. I see the same thing almost everywhere. I’ve been to the Biennale in Venice a couple years ago and loved it, but most of the pieces that really stood out to me where placed in the back and got less attention. I feel as if there should be more skill applied in certain fields of the art world. I think a lot of us lost the appreciation for skillful and talented people who spent hours slaving away on a painting or making a photograph. We lost it because we’ve gotten used to art being made very quickly and art being up for grabs everywhere (because let’s face it, with a good story you can even turn an orange into a piece of art these days). I feel as if the standards we have today for conceptual and contemporary art should be raised. We should spend more time trying to invest in those that have a talent and a passion, and less time on those that try to get our attention with big talk or shocking imagery without any real context or meaning.
After I graduated from my Fine Art course I decided to switch to photography and illustration, or as they call it ‘applied arts’. Even though my teachers have always told me that Illustration was ‘too focused on the commercial aspect’, I feel a lot more comfortable now and feel the time I spend on my work is a lot more appreciated in this field. I’m not as frustrated with art as I used to be, fortunately. Though I still think it’s a shame that certain artists do not get the attention they deserve and are looked down upon because they are too ‘commercial’. It’s also ridiculous that a Fine Art course tells their students some things or directions are too commercial, but then don’t give their students ANY advice on the business side of art in general. Looking back, most of my Fine Art classmates do not have a job in the art world, and the few that do are now quite commercial and had to figure out the business side themselves. Figures….
I know people will disagree with me and that is fine. I do appreciate conceptual art and fine art and there are pieces I adore. This is just my personal opinion on the matter. Would love to know how you all feel about the article by Glen Coco!
Last 3 bags, 12 pounds including shipping worldwide xo
This is was my graduation project a couple years ago. I still love it. All the drawings are a combination of pencil, fine-liner, marker and collage on paper. The drawings have been mounted on wooden blocks and are roughly A5 size (card size).
Above you can see the original 9 drawings. Five have been sold in exhibitions and I have four left, number 3, 4, 5 and 9. Number 5 is my personal favourite but if anyone would love to have it, I’ll sell it. I don’t sell prints of these, I only have the originals available. As I’m moving to the UK in a couple weeks, I’m putting some things up for sale and for lower prices. These are 150 pounds, including shipping worldwide.
WIP. Been working on this couple days between commissions and work.
Tiffany from Crayonbeats contacted me a while ago if I wanted to be in the 4 Questions section of their magazine and do a little showcase of my work, here it is!
Issue 11 of Get Inspired! Magazine is out, with me on the cover :)!
Sketch….might do some line work tomorrow, don’t know yet. I feel very self conscious posting sketches haha, at least it pushes me to do better I guess….
Sketches from the last couple of days
Some kind of ‘mystic’ person/character….just a sketch/doodle really. Decided I have to sketch more as I’m really bad at making quick sketches, so I guess this is a start…..