- We love instilling hopes and dreams and desires into our children. Somewhere along the line we forgot to also teach them that they need to work for their dreams, and desires and hopes, they don’t just happen and no one can wave a magic wand and wish their hopes and dreams to come true.Conceptual art is all about art and art making. About art in the way that it always searches, discovers and explores. Conceptual is about ideas. Ideas are imperfect, involve memory and thoughts.Have you ever listened to someone sing and ask yourself, where in the world did that sound come from? I have. Usually the normal voice doesn’t sound at all like the singing voice. I think of baritones, that deep deep rich sound I say to myself comes from him?
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when she is readyThe artist needs to think, to use their own minds, not the minds of others. This requires the artist, me to think, and to play, to identify, to grasp, to integrate and what I have identified with what is happening in the painting. This is not easy – this is a ton of fun and this is “art.”
- An artist needs to define themselves, what do they believe in what do they stand for, what do they want to say. I do believe that most artists will scream for their liberty, scream for their freedom, scream for their voice to be heard. But how does one find themselves and what they want to scream for?Should the values we give to art be subjective or objective? Not an easy question to answer. For many of my blog posts lately I have argued for the artists self – the individual to be in a work of art in order for the creative object to be valued and treasured and defined as “art.”I frequently get the question how long did it take you to create that work. My standard answer is I started it in kindergarten and just finished it today. The person asking looks and me with my very grey hair questioningly. How does one calculate the time it takes to paint a picture – a life time is a long…
- The true artist needs to be selfish. Since our culture does not provide an “easy” way for artists to survive it is easy for the artist to fall into the trap of making and selling what others want and like.Artist Christine Alfery's work was shown at the Art Expo New York, in the Arblend Gallery booth this past week. Three works found a new homse somewhere in New York. Willy Wonka's Flying Machine, Acrobats, Leap of Faith.Which is more important to you in your art creations, your own personal self and values, or social approval of what you are creating? If you have the liberty to be yourself in a group are you then free? Can you then create something that others would have never thought of and feel good about it?
- All this is a personal enterprise – it is real, it speaks to today and our need to rethink individuality in the arts. Our need to value art not for it’s social commentary, or historical documentation but for its stubbornness to still scream out for the individual to speak. The individual is not created through a social collective.I have picked up the pieces of the often repeated painted concept of motion, movement, and tried to see them anew, fresh, filled with a new way for life to continue, in perpetual motion, in the circle of life, and put them in my work called "The Marble Game."If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is one you are living.
- When people ask me how do I come up with my ideas in my work, I describe to them the feeling I get when I stand before a large body of water, I am so small, and tell them that the ideas come from the connection between me and this vastness. I paint possibilities. I paint with as much childlike…Jesus commands "You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor…” This question was modernized in Star Trek when Spock states, “logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”What I discovered later after I left grad school that; the discussions were based on power and where the power was, who had the power and how to get the power from them. And the central points of the discussions were based on reality versus mysticism.
- The concept of artist has changed. When one thinks of artist one frequently thinks of the masters and skilled craftsmen applying their acquired techniques perfectly to whatever it is they are producing. The concepts of creator or creative, which is the one I personally like, has taken up the empty space that the notion of “artist” once held.The wind can’t be whispering when you fly a kite. At least when you are a beginner anyway. The wind needs to howl like a lion, surround you and your kite and lift you both.