tag: on art

Bach said it best

May 16, 2012  in  Art as a profession related posts:,

I was just browsing through Ted Orland’s excellent book Art and Fear, and came apon this great quote from Johann Sebastian Bach. After he wrote a set of training pieces, Bach said that he wrote the music to: “…glorify God, to edify my neighbor, and…  read more

Favorite picks from The Armory Show

March 05, 2010  in  Art as a profession related posts:

I just returned from this year’s Armory Show. Wow, that place is crazy. An overwhelmingly huge warehouse of identical white cubes stuffed with art. It’s a gallery on steroids. And beside my very sore feet, I also managed to find some fascinating and beautiful work…  read more

art for the eyes and ears

April 03, 2008  in  Art as a profession related posts:,

In my last post, I ranted a bit about how artists are expected to be “deep”, while musicians are allowed to just play. Zak commented that he thought this could be because of a key difference between visual art and music: “…music takes place over…  read more

art is not essential – it is important

March 17, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:

I’m in an online class with a group of artists, and the other day someone mentioned that they believed that art was essential part of society. Everyone agreed, but of course we did — we’re artists after all! But I’ve been mulling this idea over…  read more

a tree falls in the forest

February 28, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:

Today on her blog, Alyson Stanfield coyly asked: If you create something and no one else ever sees it, is it art? I think some of the best art are the small private things you create just for yourself, and then let fall away. The…  read more

seeing the world through someone else’s eyes

February 27, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:

I believe that people buy art so that they can see the world through someone else’s eyes. Most people are used to seeing the world in only one way: through their getting-through-the-day eyes. They are used to seeing things as they are, and using their…  read more

Take a number

May 31, 2006  in  Art as a profession related posts:

You have to applaud this guy for originality. We’ve all seen art as performance. Now witness art as web business. He paints 1000 small canvases, each with a number from 1 to 1000. He then sets up a website to sell them, using a simple…  read more

Einstein on art and science

“Where the world ceases to be the stage for personal hopes and desires, where we, as free beings, behold it in wonder, to question and to contemplate, there we enter the realm of art and science. If we trace out what we behold and experience…  read more

Creativity and Fear

April 21, 2006  in  Art as a profession related posts:, ,

A quote from Seth Godin: The enemy of creativity is fear… In the long run, the enemy of fear is creativity. I’m sure of it. I disagree. The relationship between the two is much more symbiotic. Fear is a natural part of creativity because the…  read more

Art and Patience

April 13, 2006  in  Art as a profession related posts:, ,

I love this quote from Art and Fear, a book by David Bayles and Ted Orland: The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to teach you how to make the small fraction of your artwork that soars. I have a formula…  read more


March 06, 2006  in  Art as a profession related posts:

This story from the BBC made me laugh: Boy sticks gum on $1.5m painting. So I wonder, is he a trouble-maker or art critic? Or possibly a budding post-modern collaborator? Maybe a performance artist, dabbling in the chewing arts? A student of Dada? Any way…  read more

Will Disney generate content or make art?

January 30, 2006  in  Art as a profession related posts:

So it’s official, Disney bought Pixar. All of the news stories are revolving around the big players: Steve Jobs potential impact on Disney, or John Lasseter‘s new powers. But little is being said about how this merger will effect the artists at the two companies….  read more

Disney and Pixar

January 24, 2006  in  Art as a profession related posts:, ,

I find the news that Disney may acquire Pixar to be a little sad. This small, independent, and highly creative force will soon become just another “unit” in the animation division of a major corporation. It’s not that I think Disney’s a bad place —…  read more