I attend an art college already, which I won't mention within this post, and I was just wondering if anyone has thought or felt what I have been thinking of recently.
They claim the school is dedicated entirely to art, yet I see it as being a crock of shit. I've talked to numerous people, friends and those who I don't even know, from the school and asked if anything was required outside their application to the school for them to be accepted, they told me nothing. This amazed me being I was asked myself from one of the office faculty members to submit four pieces of mine, two pencil, one ink, and one painting, and nobody else (to my knowledge) was required to do this. So does that pretty much mean anyone can be accepted into the same art school I go to relentless if they know how to draw or not? I guess so being the only thing that seperates those who are in our school and those who aren't is the amount of money they come with.
Plus it's not just that. I respect the artwork that comes out of my school, art is art. I'm not one to dismiss somebody else's work because it doesn't look "pretty" to me or that it looked like it could of taken me five minutes to do what they spent an entire night on, I have no right to think that way. As a group of people wanting to become artists, I find it bizzare that we criticize other people's work so much, and don't allow ourselves to become a BIT more open-minded then those outside of our school. How could someone possibly make artwork if they don't even allow themselves to see what's around them? I find it impossible.
Plus (this is my own opinion) I think that majority of the people I've come to know, are too afraid to try somethig new, or actually put in effort on something they have never tried before. I can recall numerous classes where there were assigned projects in which the class was required to work with a medium they have never worked with before. I know for a fact that some of my friends blew it off thinking it would be a waste of time considering that what they know now is good enough, what a bunch of bullshit! Why go to an art school making the same old shit people have seen a million times? I am tired of looking through a portfolio and seeing a drawing of a fancy foreign car or a life-like picture of a super-model. A car is a car in which will always be a car and never anything more then a car.
Isn't art supposed to be about making a statement? Isn't it about expressing yourself as an individual? Doesn't a a sketchbook become a visual journal of your experiences in life and the lessons though through it? If all I see is something that was inspired by some bullshit reality tv show or some cheesy movie as the matrix, what are you telling me? Nothing! Except for the fact that you just draw what you like, but nothing more.
I'm not saying it's a sin to draw such things, but when you make it your "passion" to draw what's already been made, how can you learn from it? I like to live my life by these rules when creating an art piece, which I am not saying is right, I just speak for myself on this.
1.) I won't use profanity ot offensive material in order to attract somebody's attention, I'll make sure my work can do it alone without it.
2.) I refuse to create something which I have already seen before somewhere else outside of my sketchbook. I support becoming inspired and creating something based on it or similiar, but flat out COPYING the same thing is pointless. Well except for practice I suppose.
3.) I rather create something unique and different and be told it is a dissapointing piece by my peers then create something that is expected and be praised for it.
4.) If something comes to my mind for a sketch or add on to it, and it seem's too obvious, I won't use it. I don't want to create something which somebody will say "oh yeah...that was pretty simple" I wan't to examine it and think for themselves for it.
5.) I refuse to "dumb down" my work. Why should I have to spoon-feed you everything I want you to know or see about my work when I already take into consideration you have a mind of your own with your own beliefs and perspective.
Anywho, I'm sure I've written enough to where most people won't finish it because it's too much, or others will lift their nose since it's "selfish" of me to think this way. I just wanted to vent on a message forum dedicated entirely to art where a group of intelligent people gather to tell a story, express an emotion, and amaze themselves with their own ideas and creations.