Sorry for the downtime

It’s been an unusual emotional time for me. I haven’t blogged enough and I apologise of the lack of updates, especially after getting people to blogroll me and everything. For a little fun though, I’m going to post a recent conversation I had about the nature of art. Though I was talking to a painter, I think this can apply to writers just as well. Think of this as a, “What is art to you?” Let’s watch (it cuts in mid conversation, after I was shown a Jackson Pollock painting) :

ninjanick04 (11:00:23 PM): it makes me see a waterfall cascading through a busy forest

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:00:35 PM): ha there ya go

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:00:40 PM): and honestly…

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:00:46 PM): paintings like that and paintings like mine…

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:00:49 PM): i dont see things in them

ninjanick04 (11:00:55 PM): really?

ninjanick04 (11:01:03 PM): then what do you see?

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:01:41 PM): just amazing, beautiful art… something that is so dear to my heart that i dont really know words good enough to explain it

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:02:05 PM): its probably the closest ill ever feel to a higher power

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:02:14 PM): ive seen my fav painting in real life

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:02:24 PM): and that truely was like seeing god

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:02:32 PM): amazing in every way possible

ninjanick04 (11:02:34 PM): that’s awesome

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:02:58 PM): those paintings and art to me in general is just… home

ninjanick04 (11:03:00 PM): i sorta get like that when i’m reading a really good book

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:03:04 PM): the best place to be

ninjanick04 (11:03:30 PM): but it’s not quite the same, as going and seeing and experiencing an original work of art

ninjanick04 (11:03:32 PM): like you get to do

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:03:43 PM): right

ninjanick04 (11:04:30 PM): you have to have some sort of response from the painting, like maybe a concept or a feeling comes from it

ninjanick04 (11:05:15 PM): like the one i sent makes me think of tranquility but it also suggests… i’m trying to think of the right word

ninjanick04 (11:05:37 PM): it’s like looking into space but suddenly you can see everything all at once

ninjanick04 (11:05:40 PM): ha

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:05:47 PM): maybe tranquility emerging from a dismal situation

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:05:56 PM): thats what i got

ninjanick04 (11:06:24 PM): but you don’t do when you look at art?

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:06:33 PM): what?

ninjanick04 (11:06:53 PM): like, find images or at least emotions and thoughts

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:07:04 PM): for me its more emotions

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:07:07 PM): than pictures and images

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:07:13 PM): im gonna say something

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:07:22 PM): and it might sound slightly offensive but i dont mean it that way

ninjanick04 (11:07:29 PM): ok

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:07:35 PM): i think

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:08:50 PM): if you view art that is so subjective, like pollocks splatter paintings, and if you are an artist, espcially a painter, you dont get lost in the pictures, or images, you just automatically feel what the artist ment, and in that moment, that second… theres a connection from viewer to painting… and if it works right… its the most peace you can exerpience

ninjanick04 (11:09:47 PM): do you think that maybe there is no original meaning?

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:09:57 PM): maybe there’s not

ninjanick04 (11:10:11 PM): or perhaps there were multiple things that the artist was feeling when they created the picture

ninjanick04 (11:10:24 PM): it could be a flurry of emotions

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:10:29 PM): right

ninjanick04 (11:10:43 PM): i’m not challenging your statement

ninjanick04 (11:10:46 PM): just exploring it

ninjanick04 (11:10:58 PM): and it’s not offensive

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:11:02 PM): good

ninjanick04 (11:11:12 PM): you’re trained to know better

ninjanick04 (11:11:16 PM): just like me and writing

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:11:22 PM): well

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:11:24 PM): idk if its that

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:11:25 PM): but

ninjanick04 (11:11:33 PM): well, you’ve trained yourself

ninjanick04 (11:11:38 PM): i don’t mean literally

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:11:39 PM): its just

ninjanick04 (11:11:48 PM): train was a bad word

ninjanick04 (11:11:57 PM): but… i know what i mean

ninjanick04 (11:13:22 PM): as a painter, you have the expierence. you know what it is like to go through the process, to place your emtions out there. and you’ve studied enough art to know good from bad and to understand the concept better because you’ve been there yourself

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:13:25 PM): its an unspoken language, we artists speak, ya know? its just… a language of emotion and feeling… one that reads through paintings and sculptures… books, movies, music… everything and it all kinda connects to make a universal code for all artists

ninjanick04 (11:13:53 PM): i don’t know if i consider myself an artist

ninjanick04 (11:13:58 PM): do you?

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:14:00 PM): i think you are

ninjanick04 (11:14:27 PM): i’ve never explored those ideas or thoughts

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:14:31 PM): well

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:14:32 PM): i mean

ninjanick04 (11:14:36 PM): the universality of it

ninjanick04 (11:14:52 PM): there is certainly a common understanding though

ninjanick04 (11:15:05 PM): of people that are passionate about creating

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:15:21 PM): you dont need a certificate to certify you as an artist, its just loving what you do and if youre creating something if youre being artistic through your medium of choice and if it works for you and its your passion then you are an artist

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:15:23 PM): right

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:15:44 PM): i use a brush, you use a pen

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:15:48 PM): its all relative

ninjanick04 (11:16:25 PM): yes, but sometimes writing can get so technical. it does require training and guidence

ninjanick04 (11:16:46 PM): and even then dan brown goes off to be a best seller

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:17:20 PM): “When I say artist I mean the man who is building things- creating, molding the earth- whether it be the plaints of the west- or the iron ore of Penn. It’s all a big game of construction- some with a brush- some with a shovel- some choose a pen.”

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:17:39 PM): plains*

ninjanick04 (11:17:44 PM): who said that?

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:17:47 PM): guess

ninjanick04 (11:17:53 PM): pollock?

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:17:56 PM): indeed

ninjanick04 (11:18:29 PM): interesting. you have a very zen almost spiritual concept of art

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:18:58 PM): so it doesnt matter ya know? fuck best seller lists and oprah book clubs, if what you create gives you happiness and peace and keeps your passion thriving then you are an artist

DrugsxPeacexLove (11:19:04 PM): i do

Sorry for the graying, that’s just the dumb way I set up my aim text. Coming up we have a few new lit mag reviews, I’m going to try for an interview and I’ve been working on an original piece that I’ll share some of with everyone. Until next time, see ya space cowboys.

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One Response

  1. A very interesting conversation. So many ideas touched upon that I don’t know how I can respond — or even if I should try.

    I’ll just say this: I liked the idea at the beginning of art being a conduit or a window to a higher power. Over the last year or so, I’ve found myself elevating art over all other human endeavors. Science may help us explain and understand the world, business may feed us and give us the necessities and comforts of life, but art is one thing that actually makes life worth living. It’s the only thing that gives human life meaning.

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