Why Don’t They See?

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in blog | No Comments
Why Don’t They See?

Are they lazy? Don’t they think seeing takes a little effort? Are they willfully disinterested? Maybe they’re wanting the necessary skills? or maybe they’ve just not been taught? Maybe more exposure would help? It’s a mystery…. The declarative Indian philosopher, Jiddu Krishnamurti, said that “seeing is the only truth; there is nothing else.” And he […]

Title Matters

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in blog | No Comments
Title Matters

What does the title of a work of art tell you? Does it actually tell you anything that matters? Should it? Can it? After all, a painting is not a poem or an essay and if it could be so reduced why wouldn’t the artist have used words and intellection rather than making an image […]

Banksy

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in blog | No Comments
Banksy

Why are so many curious about tagging a name on Banksy? You know, like, “who is Banksy really?”  Isn’t “Banksy” good enough? all the identity the artwork needs? Other than satisfying a cat’s curiosity, what’s the need to know more? What if “more” were “less”? Isn’t it possible that tagging Banksy with another name or […]

Seeing Is Not Opinion

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in blog | No Comments
Seeing Is Not Opinion

Is one person’s opinion just as good as the next? Yes. Opinion is egalitarian. Taking a point of view or making a judgment indifferent to the facts or uninformed by substance disqualifies all opinions equally from anything but the most  casual of chatter and the least serious of conversations. Opinion may tell us a lot […]

But It’s a Jackson Pollock!

Posted by on Jun 17, 2017 in blog | No Comments
But It’s a Jackson Pollock!

  Do you see $15 million there? I don’t. And not simply because paying that kind of money seems obscene when the only justification is “it’s a Jackson Pollock.” The hitherto unknown work evidently showed up in a garage in Arizona in January of 2016. It was part of the Jenifer Gordon Cosgriff estate, someone […]

What Matters Most

Posted by on Jun 17, 2017 in blog | No Comments
What Matters Most

What matter’s most?  — that your work has content. In the final analysis it’s the only way a serious artist can be content with what they’ve done. And, of course, if you are a serious artist you are probably rarely content with what you’ve done. That tells us something easily recognized but impossible to explain: […]

Kathy Griffin & Bloody Trump

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in blog | One Comment
Kathy Griffin & Bloody Trump

It’s gross. It’s crude. And like the person it represents, hard to stomach. And too, like the person it represents, as powerful as it is offensive. But is it “wrong”? Does it, as so many have said in response, “cross the line” (whatever that means)? Must art color only within the lines? Who’s lines? Who […]

Art Is Never Wrong

Posted by on May 7, 2017 in blog | No Comments
Art Is Never Wrong

“Art is never wrong.” Art is simply what is. It may be skillfully executed or clumsily executed but that makes it good or bad art…not “wrong.” If art is never wrong does that make it always right? I don’t like thinking in absolutes. Absolutes are not trust worthy — things change. Maybe they don’t change […]

Good Art/Bad Art

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in blog | No Comments
Good Art/Bad Art

“Art” … it’s all in the eye of the beholder. It’s a matter of taste not truth. Art isn’t good or bad, it’s just what it is. Sometimes I believe these cliches and at other times I just can’t. I want to believe there really are criteria or conditions or qualities (other than my own […]

Bunny Buddhism

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in blog | No Comments
Bunny Buddhism

“If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.” “What do you think of that?” a friend asks. “Well, I try not to,” I reply…but I’m just being a smart ass — trying to imply that “thinking” won’t get you very far. It’s Buddhist trickery. A little like magic that makes of illusion something […]