Thursday, May 8, 2008

Subjective artists are one-eyed, but objective artists are blind.
Georges Rouault

9 comments:

Cécile said...

Interesting and very effective quote.
What is an objective artist anyway?

thinker said...

I guess objective artists would be the ones who are in a way more concentrated on the outside world, and the subjective artists are the ones more amused with their own universe.
I always liked working with my subjective worlds more, because you make the rules there. I think many artists today underestimate their own universes and choose to be "objective", and even to follow certain opinions made by others how art should look like today. For me artist must be himself totally, even if nobody likes or understands his art that way. Art must be intimate as much as possible,
and more honest artist succedes to be, more good he is as an artist.
On the other hand ,being objective would be helpful if one's art has a certain public message, and artist wants it to be easily "readable" to everyone. I guess it's ok to deal the problems and issues of society through your art, but i am not personally interested in that.
I would like to hear opinions on this, don't hesitate to comment.

Cécile said...

I don't totally agree with you.
Of course I don't think artists should follow others' opinion as to how art should look today, and one should always try to be themselves and work their own way.
But I'm also starting to realize that others count; I guess art shouldn't be a monologue, it's about one you sees and feels the world, it's not just about themselves, or they'd be fruitless. Perhaps artists are some kind of messengers. Perhaps they try and deliver messages they are sometimes able to hear from inside, putting them down so they become clear to some other people?
It's an interesting conversation... :)

thinker said...

I see your point. And i agree that art has no meaning without communication between artist and the spectator.
But if there is a risk that no one will "understand" my art the way i want it to be, i guess i would take that risk.
Cause there is always a possibility that your art is telling something nobody wants to hear.
It really is an interesting conversation, thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Cécile said...

I see what you mean.
You're right about the fact that sometimes one says what no one else wants to hear :)

FRAN said...

Interesting...i find it difficult to polish and refine my illustrations for public messages although its something i have to do in order to make a living...where as my other work is much more pure and raw in many ways, which i prefer and so does everyone else, except they then say " ...but the other work is so much more usable!...go with that!" )
I'm hoping the two approaches will meet and unite somewhere in the middle!
I would like people to feel the message and interpret it in their own way and so an element of abstraction is vital for me.

thinker said...

Welcome Fran, I'm glad you've joined the discussion!
I agree that uniting these two approaches would be the best solution. But i still have a problem with that. In my case there is still a huge gap between art i do for sale and art i find truly mine.
I would even say that when i get an idea for a sculpture,i already know on which side of the gap it will be:)
Abstraction is an interesting topic to chat about, I will post something about it soon.

Gwen Buchanan said...

I just read your first reply and that is way to be a true artist...unique and individual...

thinker said...

Hi Gwen,glad you joined the chats. Welcome!