I know this is probably going to start quite a stir, but hey, it’s a break from the usual B.S political themed articles. I’m bored with those now… like watching the same news story, it’s the same news; just every news agency has different footage. It gets old.
Anyway, I would like to rant a bit if I may, I know you all are very busy and if you are going to take the trouble of reading a long worded b*tching session, it should be interesting, or have substance. So I’ll try my best to make it worth your while.
Now, I am a digital artist, concept designer and illustrator, a profession that is very, very rare in S.A. Before any of you guys fly up and state that that is not true, it is. There are of course many, many illustrators in S.A, and brilliant ones at that. My niche is concept art, and that is as rare in S.A as a thin traffic cop. That being for any film that requires creatures, environments, vehicles and characters; I would be the one to design that. Giving the director a visual representation of his characters and the whole story in general. But I digress…
The point of this article is going to annoy many, but I’m afraid it has to be said, and this is the metaphorical “soapbox” I shall use as my platform, come what may in the comments.
What is going on with the art world? Why is utter sh*t considered art and sold for thousands when it looks like someone just asked their 5 year old to help in the creation process? I do not claim in anyway to be an art buff or critic, nor would I want to be. It’s not my place to tell people what they should like. I have been drawing my whole life, and every single day, and thus have become very good at what I do. (I am not stroking my ego here; I don’t like giving myself kudos. but it has to be mentioned in the context of this article.) I say that to at least let it be known that I can tell if something is, on a basic level at least, a true piece of art, which took REAL effort and thought. The utter crap that passes for art these days is infuriating, and worse, the public is fooled into thinking these “pieces” are far more meaningful than they really are and woth R20 000. Honestly, it’s like watching a bunch of cult members “oooh” and “aaaah” around a hairbrush because their cult leader convinced them it was the hairbrush of the “chosen one”. It’s ridiculous and I pity those people. These people buy this stuff (the art lovers), and cant wait to have friends over to stand and quote the “artist” (I use that term VERY loosely) and tell their guests how a few splashes of paint or a single circle on a canvas has more meaning than we would ever know. B.S.
I would like a favor from you guys reading this, click on these links, look at this and tell me that this is not genius …ill wait…. http://cdn.obsidianportal.com/assets/39168/star-wars-viii-ships.jpg or this http://digital-art-gallery.com/oid/30/640x343_6774_Nastra_15_2d_automotive_concept_art_sport_car_vehicle_design_sci_fi_picture_image_digital_art.jpg . That friends, is art. True art. I use these examples not in terms of theme or subject matter, but in terms of the skill it took. And trust me, coming from the industry where this is created, this is no joke. These guys are the unsung heroes of the modern art world; they create the worlds you love, the characters that are your favorite in movies and games, even T.V series. I could also just paint a circle or a crappy still life with no effort, all I have to truly be good at is convincing someone how “deep” I am and that the work is a reflection of me…bla,bla,bla. And presto, I’m an artist selling my drivel for thousands. No matter what some art Prof says to me, if it looks like it was done by a 5 year old, it means nothing, has not intellectual value whatsoever and shouldn’t be rubbed off on some poor rich schmuck that doesn’t know better.
The point I guess that I’m trying to make guys (and thanks for sticking around till now), is that when you consider buying art, don’t be fooled by what someone else says…no matter how much they go on about how much effort went into the circle you’re looking at. It doesn’t take a genius or art buff for that matter to know when someone has real skill at what they do, and really deserve to be a success. For too long now has the elitist art world shunned true talent. And before the trolls come out from under their desks and say “oh look, someone hasn’t been a success himself”, let me say that I’m doing what I love job wise, and feel no need to be involved in the ridiculous world that is art these days. I am just stating what I think, and would like to hear your opinions on it.
So, again, thanks for sticking around and remember, art for arts sake is not art.