What I’ve been Up to

My blog has been quiet
and I’ve been working.

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Exams are ahead
some are now passed
Lots to know, but fun as well.
I’m not a genius, but I do what I can
And that is sufficient for now.

No paintings to show
But a mask in the make
When it’s done it will crush walls
At least that’s what it looks like.

And among all things
Some writing on the wall
With Post-it scraps and paper piles

For a few months now
writing a song
And finally getting somewhere

So all in all
Life’s a bloom and I am well
One day at a time and the rest will follow

 

 

5 Professors and an Alien!

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“Greedo”
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“Devil’s Canyon” and “Window (Open)”
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“Mountain Town”
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“9th Street”, versions one and two
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my portfolio on its stand. I made the stand to cover the sink and hold the postcards and portfolio.

Today was my practical diploma exam. I presented 5 paintings and my sculpture “Greedo”. There were 5 professors and the exam was about 15 minutes.

I was asked about my process and about other (sometimes obscure) stuff: They asked e.g. why I did the American theme and I told them that I was from the US. One of them blurted out “Oh I’m sorry about that” to which I said “Well I’m not”. He didn’t mean to be offensive, just to provoke and see what I would do.

The important thing in situations like these is to keep calm and show confidence and honesty at the same time. If a critic sees a weak point, they’ll dig deep and push you into a corner. As an artist you are (or at least will be) faced with critics, everyone will have a say about what you should or should not do. Part of being an artist is shaking it off and keeping confidence. You have a choice as to how you respond to stuff. As for me, I have the rest of the day off :)

Art…History!

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I have an art history exam coming up on Feb 3rd. The exam is only 20 minutes and oral, but you still need to know your stuff.
My desk is covered in notes and books, and will be for the next few weeks. It can be a bit tiring to read all the books and commentaries on artists, but you also learn a lot of significant things. I need to study 8 topics, I have 5 down, 3 to go. So far I’ve learned about Diego Velazquez, John SInger-Sargent, Jeff Wall, Marcel Duchamp and Frank O’ Gehry. I realize just how talented, hard-working and prolific some artists were while others were lost in philosophy and thought, to the point of producing very little work. I also see how much art has changed over the centuries, showing the change of culture, thought and values that go with it. Modern art was a reaction to the new theory of relativity and new technology (automobiles, cameras). One was fascinated by new technology but also felt that art no longer should imitate nature. (cameras could document reality in a “neutral” way now. Painting was emotional, subjective, no longer “authentic”) Instead, art split into countless groups, all trying to make sense of a senseless world. Some worshiped rational thought, while others idealized the subconcious. In either case, it was a reaction to reality.

So my lesson from that: Art should be “real”. I don’t want to be pretentious, nor pretend to be unpretentious. Knowing where art came from gives you an idea where art could be going.

Exam in Art History Today!

I will be taking my art history exam for this year. It’s the pre-diploma exam and is about 5 different topics. I feel well prepared for it, so I’m not worried. It was actually interesting to learn some art theory for a change (my studies consist mainly of practical work).