Which Direction?

God causes the sun to shine and the rain to fall on both good and evil. Proverbs
It is what we do when the sun shines and the rain falls is where there is difference.

Does Art Belong to the Individual/Artist or to Society?

There has never really been a need for art. Especially, as we understand the concept of art today. Visual images, including 3-dimensional images are used and talked of today as a visual language, an historical document, a political ideology, a psychological outlet, so if these visual images are how the concept of art is understood, known and used today there has been a definite shift away from a concept of art as an independent, unique form as the artists of the 60’s understood and knew the concept of art.

How I Became an Artist

I was never very good at anything. I couldn’t read, I hated math, science did not suit me. Why? I believe I have always been a visual learner, I could not learn like a normal kid. And I was dyslexic.

The Identifying Key in Art

So how can one find “self” express “self” in their work? The criteria haven’t changed, uniqueness, originality, independence, freedom. What has changed is how those ideas are currently controlled or governed. To pursue self in art one must treat others as individuals, respect the uniqueness of their work, and not be forced to follow in the footsteps of those who want to govern how art and the self in art is understood and is to be governed.

How Does One Find “Self” and “Art?”

Self and art need a purpose to be. They cannot just be the “in the moment” of aesthetics there is no purpose of in the moment other than that moment, there needs to be more. The self and the artist need to give themselves a gift of genuine self-esteem. That means knowing your work and yourself. Ask yourself how is it that you know your “self?” Ask yourself how is it that you know your “art?”

The Self and Art

An artist needs to know themselves, their limitations, their strengths in order to care for and create true art. The self needs to be transformed from the collective selves that exist in social constructions created to create an idea of self.

How Do We Know It’s Art?

Concepts are created from abstractions, abstractions are floating around in the artists mind, and when the artist relates them to something, interlinks them to something they become conceptual.

Art Needs to Be Valued

Art today illustrates the enormous gulf between what we know, that is what is objective, physical, real and knowable and the mystical, the unknowable, superstition and imaginings.