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March 14th, 2009 #1
Should you really be signing that?
Hey, This is an art discussion I think... anyways: I have been wondering what other artist feel on the subject of signing your work.
Generally, I find that unless its a print (where you kind of have a moral obligation to at least edition it) a multisession painting or very occasionally a drawing that took for-f***ing-ever to do, and really stands out, signing a piece comes off as slightly pompus.
This is clearly an opinion, and one I am willing to abandon. But I would genuinely like to see what people have to say on the matter.
The reason it strikes me as a bit bold has something to do with peoples thought process that lead up to the actual signature. All art is, in a way, a record of old thought processes (this is a stolen quote... I think?)... why after experiencing said process would you sign your name on it?
is it because those were your thoughts, are you taking possession of them? Like making sure your lazy roomate doesn't steal your grahm crackers by taping your name on the box?
Are you really that proud of the work, that you want it to be associated with you? Your art is fine the way it is right? In four years... or even four months, when you look back on it, will you still be so proud?
Are you marking the work as those of a fictional madman? Is your signature an alternate persona? (this one I do respect on some level, mainly because in concept it is slightly egotistical..yes, but its funny at least)
There are some people who deserve to sign thier work. When others do it, all I see is a bunch of cats barking.
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March 14th, 2009 #3
Should you really be getting bent out of shape over what other people do with their art?
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March 14th, 2009 #7
Putting your name on something isn't as highly a mark to other people as it seems.
People just put their name on it to identify it. Sometimes it's as simple as that. Artists probably don't consciously put their name on it to "show off" necessarily. Most people probably think of putting their names on their art, like they do putting their names on classwork, tests, bank checks, etc.
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March 14th, 2009 #8
I just do it habitually on everything, even if I only spent 10 minutes working on it. Plus I just enjoy writing my name on things, so it comes naturally. I guess I could see reserving your signature only for those works that you're really proud of, or perhaps not signing something that really displeased you, but that all seems rather weird to me. I mean, I suppose its all ego driven on some level, but I don't really think of my signature that way. Instead I look at it more like a punctuation mark at the end of the sentence, or occasionally in the middle of the sentence, or maybe like an ellipse, for those sentences that just won't stop running....
It might be kind of funny though, if we all started signing our stuff with "I'm fucking awesome" or "This sketch blows" instead of our names.
Another thing to consider: what if the one drawing that you didn't sign, ends up being the only one to survive into the next century? And instead of Batcustard's kick ass drawing of whatever, you just wind up in the text book as the "Unknown Californian Master" or some shit like that? All because you didn't take that extra half a second to put your name it.
On second thought, I don't know, I'm a total megalomaniac when it comes to this stuff. For example, I think it would be way cool to make it on some list of the 'Ancient Californians', who's work was lost to history (totally destroyed in 'The Big One' of 2012) but who remains nonetheless on account of his scrawling signatus.
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March 15th, 2009 #10
I don't sign a lot of things simply because I haven't found a signature that I like.
Really, to me a signature helps tie one artists body of work together. Lets say, for example, that you see a piece of art somewhere, and you'd like to see more of the artists work. If it's not labeled, and it's not signed, wouldn't it be that much harder to find out who the artist is? Especially considering that over an artists lifetime their style is going to continue to evolve.
Plus...I simply find signatures fascinating. Not just the typical script ones, but the stamps and symbols that some artists employ. It gives another little glimpse into the artists personality.
March 15th, 2009 #11
Anyways, I'm not getting bent out of shape by other peoples signings. When I was still small, I was told to never sign my work until I had worked for it. I come from a family of painters and so its always been something I was raised thinking... I don't know, but I hoped asking what other people had to say on the subject, then seeing which people replied in which fashion would shed some light on it for me.
Who was in line with my previous way of thinking. Who isn't? Why?
March 15th, 2009 #12
The art you do is yours. Bad or good.
When you finish with it, sign the damn thing. Date it, too. That will form a record of how you grow through the many levels of stupid to just-moderately-incompetent to probably passable if you squint just right.
The alternative is to not do anything at all, since you seem so hung up on someone misunderstanding why you're signing a piece of something that YOU did, with YOUR damn tools and skills, on YOUR paper/canvas/3x5 card. Let's get this straightened out so we all can get a handle on it...exactly WHAT is so fucking evil about signing/claiming something that you yourself did?
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March 15th, 2009 #13
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