I went on That Guy with the Glasses to watch a review of a art film called Blue.
Which is about the color....
Who then painted a single canvas with his invented pigment like a giant assed color swatch you'd see at a Home Depot.
And yes, your kid can do that. Very easily. With the color of IKB. Now granted, he or she would not be able to create the pigment, but yeah, he or she can paint exactly what he painted. Hell, I could easily do it by painting my door.
And the film Blue was created by an art filmist named Derek Jarman, who died of AIDS in 1994. As he was making the film, he was succumbing to detached retinas, which means he was going blind. And it goes into the deeper meaning of blue, which was for a time before the creation of Photoshop, difficult to create.
And the review goes into explaining this. Yes, blue pigment was difficult to create, especially that rich, deep, more or less blue that has a slight purple shift to it...than any other color. Hell, I use a lot of blue in my artwork and yeah it takes me a good long while to shift the numbers around to get it to the look I want, to add the blue without over doing it.
And yes it takes an artistic eye to do that with. But, again, painting a solid color? Regardless to whether or not you created the pigment from scratch? Yes, a child can do that!
No, a child cannot create a paint pigment from scratch. But the guy at the Lowes can. He can mix and match and do all that kind of stuff from some swatch of color you have so you can get your wall that perfect shade of robin egg blue.
But Owencitizen is right, a kid can't do that. But a Kid can use a paintbrush to apply the pigment to the painting. And this is why it is NOT art. Creating a pigment is a work of art, the same as matching the color of the veneer on one of my tooth to make sure that it looks like the color of my tooth. My dentist is an artist. And I said that to him once. And he appreciated the compliment, but said, meh...no I'm not. But he is, under the same logic you apply to Klein's painting using the pigment he created, my dentist is an artist!
But the big difference is, you know what it is? My dentist isn't applying stupid metaphorical garbage you'd think of when you're high as a kite to my tooth, nor is he trying to sell my tooth for a million bucks!
And that is where we get to the illusion of the abstract expressionists, such as Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Mark Tobey, and minimalists like Yves Klein and Anne Truitt, and Frank Stella. These people who pay for the artwork done by these artists have been duped.
All of it is an illusion behind a name. The name itself holds more worth than the piece of art that you are looking at.
In which I get to this little art documentary of the rise and fall of Marla Olmstead, who was during her fame for her abstract expressionism, a 4-year old girl with NO artistic background, no schooling, no learning about color theory, nothing like that. And this is why I hate abstract art.
Because a four year old can do it.
The reason why I like this image is because I have an appreciation of making the mounting, stretching the canvas, all of that. Which I did with some help. Because this thing is taller than me! Also wider than me.
It's 6 feet tall and 5 and a half feet wide.
It's in my living room because it can't fit anywhere else.
Hey, guys, you think I can sell it for a million bucks?
I mean, those abstract art fans will buy anything, right? Nope, because apparently my name isn't big enough.
One of the reasons why I like this sort of artwork.
In the world of Modern Art, it's all about the artist. Not the artwork. And that is why I'm so critical towards Modern Art. Yeah, I've done my own version of minimalism.
Like this image...
And it's still being shared around. The damned thing is my most viewed image and most circulated image on Tumblr. Of all the images I've shown, that's the one everyone loves. And it is considered minimalistic due to the lack of color I use, the lack of detail. Only sticking with more of a pen style...which I intend on doing more of. Minimalism. The art speaks for itself.
But no, what really sells for millions is the image called the Piss Christ. You ever seen the Piss Christ? I have.
It is exactly what it says on the tin. Done by Serrano Andres in 1987. It's a modern photography of a wax looking crucifix in high contrast red and orange light, and the artist stated he put his own urine on a piece of glass in front of the camera.
This is why I hate modern art, people.
Guys like Larry Elmore or Jeff Easley aren't widely known in the artworld, but hell, they've contributed more to us than Mr. "I wanna pee on baby Jesus!" Hell, Larry Elmore wrote his own art book on how to draw like him. A How-To-Draw book, which includes some funny little things he includes, jokes about the characters he would draw. And it was cute. And enjoyable. And I love it. Larry is basically my artistic hero. He influenced a lot of my own artwork. Mostly due to the bright vivid colors I do in my art, I took from him. Denis Beavis is another one of my art heroes. His dragons had a style of their own, and yeah, I will say that I didn't like the body design of them, I liked other aspects of them. And the way he painted his landscapes full of color...yeah...that's what I wanted to do too. Hell, I did a photograph of a storm cloud being lit by the setting sun that reminded me of Beavis' way of doing clouds.
I sat down and watched the art documentary on "My Kid Could Paint That" which is the story of Marla, the 4-year old painter who lucked out because some artist saw her paintings and put them up on shows...and the journalist who wrote about her said something about how her mother hated Pollock.
"My mother hated Jackson Pollock. Every time she saw a Pollock painting, she felt that the painting was saying that: 'You're stupid, and I'm not. And there's people smarter than you that get me.' She felt personally insulted by his paintings."
Yeah, and that's where we get the High Brow issues. Because these people think that because they're smarter than the rest of the world, they get the superfluous meaning behind someone eating a ton of lard and then a ton of chocolate and calling it a smack on indulgent society.
I guess that means every person who eats fried chicken is also an artist.
For me, the art should be there to speak for itself. To tell its own story. And if it doesn't, then yes, it fails as an art piece. But slinging paint you buy from Lowe's around on a canvas 45 feet long by 10 feet wide and then tacking on some pretentious story that pretends it is talking about the deeper meanings of life isn't ART!
And you're not an artist for doing it. Just admit who and what you are...
At least Marla is a bit more real when it comes to her artwork. She's not there to expand your mind, she's just there to paint pretty colors.
And we all know why abstract artists try to tack on some stupid deep meaning they yanked out of their asses to explain why they painted a canvas red and then smeared baby puke green on it. Let's be honest people...it's because they were high as a kite when they did it. Trust me, you have to be high as a kite to like these artists.
In fact, that's probably why Derek Jarman got AIDS, because he shared a dirty needle filled with heroin with someone or having unprotected sex. As in, he wasn't careful and it bit him in the ass.
And trust me on this one, when you actually sit down and watch this near 90 minute film on the color blue and seeing nothing else but the color of #002fa7 in the middle of your screen and listening to some tired sounding dude droning on the color blue...you kinda wonder if narcotics were involved. HEAVILY!
Say 'NO' to drugs kids, especially illegal narcotics that can in fact create a condition in your spine that in order for you to get off of heroin safely, you have to remove it and it can cost you the use of your legs!
Also, don't have unprotected sex. I'm not saying don't have sex, but I am saying be responsible. Unlike some artists who think they know the deeper meanings of life because they could create a pigment that was impossible for thousands of years...only to die because they cared more about being deep than being careful.
I want to be able to continue creating art for as long as I live, and I intend to live for a long, long time. And the moment I can't pick up a pen and draw, that is when I'll know my life is at an end and I will be asking for Dr. Kevorkian to come and kill me off. So, to make sure that I make the most of my life and my art, I know that I will be responsible with myself.
And for the so called "My Kid can Do It" discredited strawman argument Owencitizen made...if Yves Klein hadn't done it, somebody else would have. It goes back to my whole argument on the Hitler Time Travel Protection Act when I argued against the idea that without the Horde, Azeroth would be doomed. I'm arguing against Klein's contribution too.
Because just like Klein was the first to create this solid pigment of blue when for thousands of years it wasn't possible, America became the first country to not only create the Atomic Bomb, but use it in a war. When it could have been someone else who would have.
Also, at one time, Klein was a kid. So, still, the argument against the strawman is again invalid. The Strawman has a point!
You all wanna watch a piece of art in film that is both provocative and has a deep message, I suggest watching the 1954 Gojira. The original Japanese version. A horror film shot in a film noir style about how an entire country was emotionally scarred because ten years earlier they were the subject of the Straw Man argument. And do a proper review of that. Because that film is...beautiful. And hell, the art in which Akira Ifukube went into creating the monster's roar by rubbing a resin rubber glove over a contrabass. Beautiful.
I have tried my damnest to recreate that haunting sound using a contrabass. And I can't. For the life of me, I can't. That is art. Creating something that cannot be recreated by the same methods...especially a sound that basically has never existed before...that is true art. And to use that sound to bring life to a creature that is an allegory of a country's fear of nuclear retaliation? That is art. And to have that same message used by that sound and film and have it cross language barriers to the point where even we idiot Americans can get it?
That is ART!
Creating a pigment that can be found in nature, and easily mass produced...and would have eventually been created anyways regardless as to who it was...and then paint it on a canvas to call it art?
Nope, that's not ART!
You're not being deep for pissing on a screen in front of a crucifix, you're just doing it to get attention! And you're being gross. It's like the cheap jump scares the latest horror movies do. It's STUPID!
The Strawman has a Point!