Wallpaper 7: But Is It ART?

Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.

Andy Warhol.

Well, I did it. I have stuck to second task. This week I have been really getting into wallpaper art. And poetry. I’ve read so many inspirational and awe inspiring examples of the wordsmith art.

But what is Art? In the eye of the beholder? You know what you like? What do the Authorities say?
Wikipedia is a bit prosaic:
Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts, expressing the author’s imaginative, conceptual ideas, or technical skill, intended to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power’.

The Oxford Dictionary covers a few more bases:

I noticed most of you like to have a picture or two alongside your verbal art. Mostly it’s art by other people. I know how inspirational others art can be. One of the first poems I read by Goff James took me down the road to finish an art work I began years ago. https://maxjoyart.wordpress.com/2020/07/19/perchance-to-dream-fishes/. Goff is a poet who also makes his own art.

Would you like to make your own art too? Anybody can. My complicated work can take a long time but simple things can be quicker and, frankly, just as visually successful. Let me invite you into the process of making your own digital collage.
As I make today’s image I’ll write a ‘how to make your own art’ post. It may take a few days before you see it. An insight into my creative process may help you make your own images.

How to express a thought through visual art? I start in my head. Think about your subject. If you are an intellectual butterfly like me, then this part is a joy. Just let your brain free-range. Really it’s the same process as stream of consciousness writing, but for image making.

The arts were the turf of the Greek god Apollo. I’ve been revisiting Homer, so he’s been in my head a lot. Perhaps Apollo has guided my hand this week, so I’d like to give him some time out. He’s a hard worker. Seven days a week flying his light giving chariot. Always on the same route. Must get a bit dull. He only gets nights off. After all that daylight and serious responsibility wouldn’t you want to go some place dark, let off some steam? Bet he likes the nightlife, baby. I’ll take him dancing.

First image that pops into my head is a dance style. What kind? Slow dancing, breakdancing, bootscooting. Nope, not glittery enough, not Alpha enough. Apollo, he the MAN, he gotta SHINE. The boy can’t help himself.

I think he’d like to get down and boogie. Find a dance floor. But which one? What else but the perfect pop culture icon dance floor from Saturday Night Fever. I found the very floor here on the Arthur Murray dance studio site. It sold at auction for one point two million dollars. https://www.arthurmurraylive.com/blog/million-dollar-dance-floor

In these covid times the Arthur Murray sites talks about the benefits of digital dance lessons. Who’d have thought it? Check it out here: https://www.arthurmurraylive.com/blog/10-ways-digital-dance-lessons-make-you-better. I might do some dancing myself later.

Now for the man himself today I’m using an iteration of the Belvedere Apollo. Trim him up, paste him on the dance floor, add some natty shorts. No John Travolta suit for Apollo, dress codes have changed since the seventies. With that bod Apollo is sticking with surf wear.

That’s all there is to it! So go ahead, express yourself. My next post will give you the tools. Before then why no think about the kind of image you’d like to make to pair with your verbal art?

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.

Oscar Wilde.



Dilemma: The Multiverse

Shopping in Tokyo
Only I see
the Monster pass

Telling stories rather than listening to them is new for me. How do you decide which version of your work is ‘best’? Do you naturally make multiple versions? Do you have a single strong voice with which you are confident?

Yesterday’s blog was such fun. So I decided to revisit and reinterpret some old works. Ones that, when I originally made them, had a hazy internal sub-narrative. The exercise will be to tweak them to express that more clearly.

In reading the 18th Century poets different translators, different implications.

I am not an enthusiastic shopper. Yet Tokyo is one place in where I do like to browse. Shopping in Tokyo had a few multiverse alternatives. I’m unsure about the one I chose. What do you think?

Shopping in Tokyo
no-one sees
the danger pass

Shopping in Tokyo
no-one sees
the Monster pass

Shopping in Tokyo
Only I see
the marvel pass

Preoccupied shoppers
marvels pass
unheeded

Preoccupied shoppers
marvels pass
unnoticed

All slightly different in meaning. But different enough to matter? Words, like fractal geometry, could have infinite iteration. Given that multiverse concepts allow infinite variety, how do you choose just one version? Should we hide our multiverses?

There some very interesting theories on why variation arises. For some thoughts about the multiverse have a look at Doctor’s site: https://kaahsh.com/2020/07/20/alternate-universes-and-multiple-universes/