Due to a few concerns that I'm overgeneralizing through my use of the word ignorant, I wanted to amend some things:
1. This journal was not written out of a pretentious attitude, in fact it's quite the opposite. I feel the need to share knowledge, and I do whenever I can. I could never be upset with those who truly do not know where to start when it comes to enriching their minds.
2. This journal is not about lording knowledge above those who do not yet possess it.
3. This journal is not about bashing someone for the barriers that can impede or prevent their desire or ability to absorb new information.
4. I do not encourage people to "just Google it," that is why resources are listed at the bottom.
5. If you would like to contribute a resource, please link it in your comments.
I’ve been hearing the phrase “I don’t know what ____ is” a lot as of late and it’s been a little irksome, and here’s why: we are currently living in an age of technology where you can quite literally learn the basics of just about anything through the Internet. What do you mean you don't know what ____ is?!
Information is quite obviously right at our fingertips now, yet there are myriads of people who are simply not taking advantage of it. If you live in an area with a library, or if you have home access to Internet, there is absolutely no reason you should close yourself off from learning about what you don’t know about. You've got no excuse to shrug your shoulders if there is something you've just now heard about. There is no reason to bury your head in the sandIf there is something that you know nothing about, and it sounds interesting to you, look it up! Please! It is for your benefit and betterment! It is for this very reason I highly admire self-taught artists! They’ve sought out information and applied it (quite literally so!).
I cannot stress enough how we as artists should never be caught lulled into a state of willful ignorance. Through reading criticisms of the fine art produced in the last 20 years by fellow deviants, I’ve come to this conclusion: we are not engaged with art as an academic subject nearly as much as we should be. Here’s the good news! All the information you will ever need is easily and readily available for your consumption. Did you know that the average time that a person spends looking at any given piece of art in a gallery is seven seconds? Seven seconds. Art is self referential, it demands of its audience, it requires time and thought. If there is an artist or artwork that you don’t understand, by all means: look them/it up! Learn about what the artist’s intentions were, learn about the artwork, learn about what it was made of and how that functions with the overall concept of the work. You may be pleasantly surprised by what you find out.
Here are some places you can find some FREE kick ass writings about art, artists, and art history:
& FREE books, scholarly writing, and essays:
& FREE videos about artists, tutorials, and artwork:
& FREE podcasts about art, artists, and art history:
MOAR FREE resources!
Well? What are you waiting for? Go for it!