Audio Version of the Chapters is Here.
“You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.” – Heraclitus (ca. 540 – 480 BC)
Please, make your thoughts about you, tell stories about the chapter in ways that we can relate it to you, the art maker!
To begin… This chapter is full of wonderful ideas and thoughts. It is within the first page that I find one of the most insightful thoughts. “Your work tells you how it is when you hold back or embrace. When you are lazy, your art is lazy; when you hold back, it holds back; when you hesitate, it stands there staring, hands in pockets. But when you commit, your art comes on like blazes.” (49) Think of a particular work of yours that hits this last statement on the head. What is the work, where does it look lazy, where does it come out like blazes? Use descriptive words when talking about it so we can all paint a picture of it in our heads. This is a response, a story of yours…
Second… I enjoy the ideas captured on page 51 that discusses the ease in which we can talk about the finished work, but we struggle when it comes to talking about the process we went through to get there. Think back to the process of a recent work and consider describing the process you came up with in getting the work started and getting the work finished as well as all of the steps that went into the process of getting it to look ” just so.” This is a difficult process (one I try and get out of each of you during the critique), but one that is essential in the reflection process when we try to learn form our works.
Third… Think about the images that you see drive me (or other art teachers) nuts. The heart, the peace sign, the unicorn and fairies… you know the images. Those things that were popular in the past or from your childhood (I still can’t get it out of my skull, the Jimmy Hendrix and Peace sign that so many high schoolers find necessary to incorporate into their work. I dig his music, I am all for peace, but come on. I wasn’t from that era – neither are you. STOP USING THEM!) Use what you know. Use images from YOUR life, your times and society. While I would take my own eye out if I saw another iPod in an artwork, at least it is relevant. It is almost as ridiculous as the fashion that is being worn around in the schools, those “baggy pants” you all see me hassle about. These kids are not from the city, the inner city. If they knew the original story, if they were face to face with someone who was directly involved in the origins of “baggy pants”, they would probably pull their pants up to their necks and never let them down.
Finally… These are thoughts that are pulled together here but are from throughout the chapter. 1) “your art is not some residue left from when you subtract all the things you haven’t done – it is the full payoff for all the things you have done.” 2) “For most artists, making good art depends upon making lots of art, and any device that carries the first brushstroke to the next blank canvas has a tangible, practical value.” 3) “The hardest part of artmaking is living your life in such a way that your work gets done, over and over.” Find a way to make sure that it is EASY to get to making art on a daily basis. One that you don’t have to make sire you have a space that will need scrubbing down or setting up every time you step into the space to make art. 4) (from a bit earlier in the chapter and specifically about the concentration…) “New ideas come into play far less frequently than practical ideas – ideas can be re-used for a thousand variations, supplying a framework for a whole body of work rather than a single piece.”
Ok… what are your words? Consider making secondary posts, responding to others comments.