558. August 7…Selling Art…Doesn’t Require Perfect Vision…at least not always….

Art and my thoughts about being an artist, Thoughts from the "Tinman"

Art…Representing Manmade Stuff” ©2011 Robert Redus

“While all deception requires secrecy, all secrecy is not meant to deceive.” – Sissela Bok

I found while taking some photographs yesterday…while waiting for the art supply store to open…so I could purchase some gel medium for a friend who was teaching an encaustic class…that… “Composition”… is one of the integral elements of producing art…(not selling it)…

Composition is defined as: “the act of combining parts or elements to form a whole.”…boy are they not kidding…

it is essential to produce art yet it really can’t be qualified…to be a fighter pilot…you have to have perfect vision…but you don’t have to have perfect vision to fly a plane…so composition is as relative as the question of our existence and…why…

We rely on “Art critics” to dispel any question of composition and the success of a piece of work…granted they like most everyone else are in this for themselves first…then…the rest…matters…fundamentally if a critic aligns themselves with higher priced more recognized art…they too become higher priced and more recognized…and it’s not what they say…it’s the artwork they are saying it about that…matters…

The flip side is…selling art work…has nothing to do with composition…it has to do with selling…it could be vacuums…doughnuts…tractors…air conditioners….or wombats….and what matters is the ability of the sales person to sell the product… a highly recognized gallery in the part of the world I’m from that sells expensive art …their top sales person…readily admits they know nothing about art…and for years sold construction equipment…and was very successful at it…so what then does the art matter…it’s sort of …. “What’s it going to take to get this painting above the couch in your living room” …mentality…that counts…not composition…

I’m really beginning to see this for exactly what it is…and for a long time I will admit I was troubled by it all…and why…I don’t know…it is the way it works…I know nothing about the origin of most everything I buy… and I have to say I don’t really want to know about much of it…I just want what it is I want…and I’d like the story to be an OK story that goes along with it…something I can live with…and that’s really about it…

So selling art and making art…they like anything else are mind sets…if you’re great at making art and terrible at selling it…own it…and find somebody who does what you can’t…and if your art work always leaves you with questions…that nauseating feeling in your stomach….but you could open up a booth selling Ice Cubes in the arctic circle and making $750,000. a year…doing it….it’s all about the calling….and that thing about composition…well who really cares….

Artists are different thinkers …not thinkers like sales people think…artists want the story the immortality of it all to be part of it in the end…the sales people…well they want numbers…$$$ and that’s really it…less attachment…more vacations….

 “Our intention is to affirm this life, not to bring order out of chaos, nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply to wake up to the very life we’re living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and desires out of its way and lets it act of it’s own accord.” – John Cage

549. July 17… “In art there are only fast or slow developments”….

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“Natural Born Killers” ©2011 Robert Redus

“To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.” – Unknown

today is starting out to be one that will clearly go down in the books…for me…I am working on a solo show for November of my daily small paintings …and after a few hundred paintings…I’ve found the process of painting small has really accentuated the “Thumbnail” mentality in me…granted the size I am currently painting differs from true thumbnails for many reasons…but the key word here is “Small”…

lately I’ve felt as though I’m cheating on my paintings…the ones sitting in my studio…by exploring other methods of painting…and finding out I’m really enjoying these more than what I’ve done over the last 10 years…so I guess it’s time to talk…see what future we have…if any…I already know the answer…and I don’t want t start the conversation with “it’s not you”…

but I do think the comfort of where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing has also…kept me a little safer than I like being…I think it is the nature of artists…to look at anything and see where it fits and if it does how can they translate it to something visual…and incorporate it into the work…

”new” is relative in the same sentence with “art”…as the general consensus is there is nothing new in art…it has already been done…much like the head of copyright department for the government in 1869… suggested the Copyright offices be closed because as far as he knew…everything that was going to be invented had already been invented…

there is something about perfecting the craft…honing it to a point that requires sometimes a lifetime…then there is the evolution of that craft that if left alone worked constantly…religiously without end result thinking will assuredly change direction…and change often…recognizing that happens offers the opportunity to expand and depart from what was to what can be…

I admit this has been somewhat confusing as…I was very content doing what I was doing…knowing fundamentally what to expect and what not to expect…and now…there is something not really new…I’ll call it evolved…

There are three things I can attribute this evolution too…. 1. painting as I have for the past 10 years 2. painting everyday and 3. John Cage….

My painting mentor always told me…put the best painting up on the wall and look at it constantly…that’s the bar….when a painting comes along that is better than the bar…replace it with the better one…make this the process of determination….

I’m putting up the new one…today….

“It’s useless to play lullabies for those who cannot sleep.” – John Cage

465. January 3rd…What’s all of the Voodoo in your… “Creative Process?”…

Art and my thoughts about being an artist, Thoughts from the "Tinman"

“Rail” 2011

“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.” – Saul Bellow

I awakened yesterday morning to a question that had been pressing heavy…I suppose…on my mind…a question of the heart that posed itself…for my mind to unravel…seems issues of thinking should be delegated to the brain…those of the heart…left to the heart…

I’d like to think that everything I know is completely wrong…that I have been misinformed over these 50 plus years…that my opinions…were developed from a manual that was a close up drawing from the original schematic of a propane powered refrigerator…or maybe a microscopic view of the inside of a banana peel…or even the final exam of…professional bull fighter training school…

I often wonder if what I think…aligns with what I feel and how fast or slow my heart beats…if on those days I am skipping due to happiness…my heart….is sitting in a swing hanging from some oak tree in the deep south…while Suzy cream cheese…gently rocks us back and forth…and on those days with less happiness…is my heart huddled by a dumpster…drinking “mad dog”…wrapped in a dirty magazine…and we’re billigerant…and I laugh…outloud…

John Cage has a set of 10 rules for students and teachers…and after all…aren’t we always a student/teacher…my favorite rule is…RULE EIGHT: “Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.”…indeed they are… John…here lies the perfect example of a the brain/heart disconnect…

perhaps the literal brain heart/disconnect…that one associated with post operative heart surgery is not the one…I am addressing…rather the fictitious one…you know that one…the one that often thinks impulsively …the same one that dials their phone number at 3am to just tell them you were thinking about them…yeah that one…

as artists rule #8 is serious…otherwise it’s like eating soup with a knife…

to create requires a shifting of gears into a mode that when being done has little thought to it…there seems to be a place that the mind sits back…puts its feet up and lets somebody else drive…that somebody else moves from place to place perhaps intoxicated in the moment…engrossed to a degree that thought is missing…absent…temporarily…everything is on a creative auto pilot…and placement appears effortless….everything has found…place…how it relates and adjust to everything else…and somehow there is a symbiosis…a cohesion that has taken place…that when the trance is lifted and you’ve put your clothes back on… may very well not be seen until it comes time to analyze….

the analyzing process requires thought…and not very much free objective thinking is involved…there are cannons…that need be met…protocol…and conformity…even if the work strives for non-conformity…and chaos…all of the Art 101…info that was tattooed on art students…to make certain they could get form…line…function…blah blah blah…and of course knew who Caravaggio was….and why we should like him…analyzing involves time…thicker skin and the ability to slap yourself across the face while looking in the mirror…see a little truth about the work…pedal a little backwards and be okay with it…pass the work on for further analyzation… see…RULE ONE: “Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for a while”….

I’m interested…in how you create…the way you set it up and your thoughts on your process of creativity and analysis…feel free to share them…thanks…

“It’s useless to play lullabies for those who cannot sleep.” – John Cage