Thursday…September 24th…More Noise From the High Desert

what-it-was

“Silenced” 2009

as artists…our responsibility is to tell the truth…we can lie about everything else on the planet…but we have to tell ourselves the truth…we must acknowledge the constant failure that accompanies our profession…our work…our ideas…to think that every piece we produce is good…close to good…or warrants a great deal of discussion to revive it ….is the lie…we have to have the ability to self-critique….realize that our work falls in to categories based on its success or its failure…give those categories numbers or letters like a grading system and be perfectly OK with dumping most of our work into the C….D and F catagories….call them experiments if that makes the….slap sting a bit less…and if you believe they are anything more than experiemnts…the slap will feel much harder…and seem to appear more often….

we chose the path that somehow….attached creativity to our end result…our final presentation….the grande finale…with that though comes the responsibility of being true to form…you better know when a work hovers at a “C”….the viewer may call it an “A”…but you know what it is….good collecters…of your work…know the “A’s” from all of the rest…and are only interested in acquiering the “A’s”…there are “B” collectors…”C”…”D” and “F” collectors…if you allow that to happen…my mentor….tells me constantly….”Never let anything out of my sight that’s less than a “Good” painting”…he recommends keeping all of the “A” paintings….culling them every year  and releasing what has fallen short for sale or show… I’m starting to understand his rationale….and beginning to do just that….now that throws a new aspect into the grading system…Pluses and Minuses…so now I keep the A+ paintings show and sell the A…A-…and B Paintings…the rest are put away…and I’ll paint over them when the time is right…

this thinking gives us as the artist the control over our work….kind of like releasing wild animals onto the landscape …at our discretion….that makes a great deal of sense to me….to commercialize the work….nothing matters then…and you might as well be printing your work on coffee cups and mouse pads….and if that is what works…then it works and there iis absolutely nothing wrong with that…

we have to define the artist we are….what we will and won’t do…evaluate that regularly…change it to fit…readjust it….maybe give it a new name….and a new theme song….bounce it on the sidewalk a few hundred times…throw it in the air an equal number of times… smell it…taste…it…dress it up in Dad’s old army uniform…..until it feels like a great old pair of pants and then wear it for a while…see how it fits….on you…how you fit on it….then make the deal…..

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2 thoughts on “Thursday…September 24th…More Noise From the High Desert

  1. A holy AMEN to this! I also like to coat mine in honey and toss at the entrance of big black ant hills. Just for a little extra something special. Love the pic- is that Cali or ABQ?

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