woensdag 18 december 2013

Two great exhibitions: Chapman brothers & Grayson Perry

Two of my favourite artists are having an exhibition at the moment!

The first one is an exhibition of work from Grayson Perry. A few years back he made tapestries to describe differences between the classes in the UK and his research was made into a documentary. A documentary about the classes would have been interesting by itself for me not being British, but adding the work of Grayson Perry made it extra cool! I love his work in which he uses old traditional media to express modern things, mainly to describe different people. You can see his work in Manchester Art Gallery till 2nd of February.

The second exhibition is of artwork from the Chapman brothers. They have created some amazing scenes of small figures and they are quite grim!
This exhibition is held in the Serpentine Gallery in London. Bit far away for me, but would otherwise have definitely be planning to go there!

maandag 2 december 2013

Pretentious art folk

Small adjustment to the art world of a quote from the film Pulp Fiction by the character Marcellus:

This profession is filled to the brim with pretentious motherfuckers. Motherfuckers who thought their ass would determine what is art and what is not. If you mean their subjective opinion leads them to pick boring conceptual crap nobody understands, you're right. If you mean choosing visual pleasing works that will have impact on the years to come, you're wrong.

And yet there are people that don't place themselves above someone else and don't feel the need to lift themselves or an artwork with complicated language. They just pick what they like and I love that! Even if they don't like my work, it is honest and fair.

There are only very few people in the art world that actually have skills in judging art without being caught in a spiral of hyping work to sell or to climb on a higher rank. They can tell the difference between innovative challenging work from random weirdness.

I can't I can only judge what I know. I find it very hard to judge an abstract painting for instance and just fall back by saying whether I like it or not.