Sunday, February 3, 2013
My Fantasy Art Show
I would like to see a jury (not just one judge) rank the work. I know that this is difficult in order to get judges to come to some kind of consensus, but it would be nice to have the results of the show not be dependent upon only one person's view. I would also like the see the work just as it is, which would mean, no mats, no frames, no glass, etc. Just the work.
I would like the work to be evaluated solely on the work itself; not on the age of the artist, not on whether the artist is well known in the area, male or female, black-green-white, not on how well their work sells, or whether it is simply "clever" or "shocking", but just the work.
I know that I dream of all this in a world where things are judged. We all "judge" and make evaluations of just about everything. Our judging is often simple; good or bad, hard or easy, soft or hard, sweet or sour...
but somewhere there is an ultimate truth in all of that that I wish fervently could be found in the world of art. Don't we all pretty much agree that Monet's haystacks are lovely? Don't we think that the Mona Lisa is indeed mysterious and beautifully painted? Maybe not...but in my dream world, life is fair and just and I wish that people were the same. Sadly, they are not. They see life through their own lenses, with some seeing things in a more distorted way than others. An Alternate Reality, where blue is green and red is pink. Maybe one day, artwork will be evaluated at competitions like the reality show, "The Voice" and the artist is not viewed as a "package" but rather seen as simply, an artist.