I like art. I like in may ways what artists can do even with modern technology but I do draw the line as to what constitutes art. To me art should require some skill and to be honest I think that’s where some modern artists fail for me. If I can do it, then it isn’t very good art and in some case is not art at all. I was not critical of the guy who dropped a crucifix in a glass of art because of his anti-religious statement in the work. I was critical of him because I too can piss in a glass and drop a crucifix in it. Art should be somewhat difficult to do and it should do more than shock. I think the modern artists are going to run into several major issues down the road.
I believe in classical standards and the first problem modern artists are going to run into is that the sham of how easy their stuff is to do is being more and more well known. I mean when a guy can have his kids throw balloons of paint at a canvas and later pass it off as a great painting or dropping a crucifix and a jar of urine or drawing two black lines on a white board and call it art and make millions some sort of con job is going on and sooner or later people will realize they are being conned. I expect excellence in art and modern art does not have any excellence to it.
Secondly, shock as an emotion is not a long-lasting one. It is also a negative emotion so people will tend to push it to the back of their mind after a while. Shock does not inspire people and that is the primary reason people look at art is to be inspired. Shock is like an accident, it has its effect but then people want to get with better things. I personal believe that this is why we can name great artist up to a certain point in history and I can’t tell you the name of a single modern artist except one and that is also a person I have had come contact with through the internet Ray Ferrer. But that is because I like his stuff as it follows some sort of standard and his use of spray paint (that’s right spray paint) is done in such a way that at times you think you’re looking ay an old photograph. I think he also represents a modern artist that sees the need to do something with skill with a nod toward classical standards. My point is that most modern artist, because they only have shock to portray, are going to end up as a footnote in art history and people will move on to the next great master whoever that may be. The tide is definitely turning in art because people are tired of being shocked and want to be inspired and you can’t inspire with two black lines on a white page.
Finally, I think people who enjoy art don’t mind the occasional social or political statement in art but they really would rather focus on enjoying the art. I have found the same in music as well. When all your music or art becomes simple a political or societal rant than people move on to the next group. It is one thing to tap into the human spirit but it is quite another to take sides in that human spirit when it comes to music and art. Some classical artist do make statements but it still is done to standards of great art and it is subtle not in your face, People do not like to be yelled at and the fact is most modern art screams at you and no one likes a person who screams at them.
I have one thing on my bucket list that involves art. It is to one day return to drawing and painting. I took a community education class many years ago where we painted and learned to paint and I liked it but the class fizzled out so I had no means of continued learning at the time. I moved on to other things after that but there is still part of my heart that see myself with a brush or pencil in my hand. Perhaps one day I will return but when I do I will be reaching for classical standards and striving to express something that inspires others.
Blessings and Cheers