The Accessibility of Art with Personal Themes
2006-03-13 11:43:36 ET

Finally the link to the "Self-Start Anxiety Kit":

Very unhappy with my current art class. He's a found object artist, and therefore we should be too. I can find crap on my own time. I took this class to learn a craft--wood work, welding--he says he wants to teach us to think and craft comes later. I say I have to learn it now because when am I going to have a wood and metal shop again? I can formulate ideas for the rest of my life on my own and do a better job because I'll know what CAN be done with materials...been bitching about this for months.

We had to give a mini presentation on an artist we didn't like. Mine was about how when you make personal art that's so personal no one gets the symbolism but you and your mom it fails in a gallery because while it can be beautiful, intriguing, whatever, it doesn't make it's intended point. Everyone yelled at me. Probably because we'd just had a project called "Student in a Box" to do. Mine? I made a box with 3 peep holes in it. Inside you can see a jar of urine, a jar of hair suspended in water, and a jar of blood. It's about voyeurism, privacy, vulnerability--it's my DNA and piss, things not many are privy to. You don't want to see that yet you had to walk up to the little hole. That translates in a fucking gallery. The link above is for the exact same assignment at a different school. That translates in a gallery. A box of ticket stubs and newspaper clippings (one of the girl's projects) doesn't fucking achieve anything.

They asked, "so art shouldn't make you ask questions?" Of course it should, but it should make you ask more than "What the hell was he trying to do?" It concluded with the teacher saying I had anger issues and I was oversensitive. Maybe I just wanted to give my report without event, like everyone else got to.

This question about the accessibility of art is something that's really bothering me lately. There are artists whose work is meant to have a meaning more than an aesthetic value, which is fine. But what's not fine is when it just doesn't go anywhere. Once you put a piece in a gallery it's a public object. It's a performance, it's a commodity, it's whatever you want to call it but it's not in your living room or studio anymore. It needs to speak to an audience or it's nothing. Perhaps (sometimes) arguments to the contrary are cop outs made by people who can't make their art speak to anyone. Other times they're strictly "I don't have to do what you say" statements, equally stupid.

2006-06-11 07:54:13 ET

Most artists share a problem in perception on what is too personal and what other people are capable of understanding and interpreting

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