Thursday, April 29, 2010

modern art...

... looking at this would you think it was done by some obscure soon to be cutting edge modern artist? A reproduction of a Pollock? Or the enthusiastic splatterings of a seven year old, commonly referred to as The Boy?

If you chose the latter you would be correct.



I am from the classical trained school of art and disdain modern "art" with as much passion as I loathe mimes and men in spandex. Yet, I can't help but love this painting my son did. I have dubbed it "The Howl" because it looks like a black wolf baying.

Not to critique the work of seven year old but more to illustrate a point; that if a little kid can reproduce your technique you probably had very little talent to begin with.

18 comments:

Old Bob said...

Dear Kat, if I could pass myself off as an art critic I would call it "Zeitgeistliche Angst" or some such phony German, to make people think I knew what I was talking about. Amazing what a little BS can accomplish. When I was in my grad theater set design class, the teacher told us to never admit mistakes in our designs; rather we should invent some pseudo-intellectual phony baloney to make people think we did something on purpose. Best wishes to you and The Boy!

Karen said...

We have an annual membership to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and I love it when either of my daughters (almost 5 and 8 1/2) point out that they could easily make or have already made something like the modern art that is hanging in a modern art wing. This past summer my 8 year old looked at one modern art piece and asked if a little kid did it because it didn't look very good.

Just another mad Catholic said...

they should have got your son to do the artwork for the Church of the most Holy Trinity in Fatima and spared themselves the expense, seriously though if the paintings (if one can call them that) of St Peter and Paul (in the area sorounding the adoration chapel and confessional) are hardly recognizable as such and if they wern't lablled I would think they were definatly not pictures sorry doodles of two pillars of the church.

Piotrek said...

On behalf of all serious cyclists, I'm sorry. Hey, what if there was a spandex suit made to look like the Swiss Guard?

saintos said...

"Not to critique the work of seven year old but more to illustrate a point; that if a little kid can reproduce your technique you probably had very little talent to begin with."

on the other hand many would say, have said, that it takes a considerable amount of talent for an adult to paint with the creative abandon of a young child even as Christ said, in terms of faith, we must become like little children.

Christina said...

You are obviously a know-nothing boob who doesn't appreciate modern art. Don't worry, you're not alone.

I also loathe modern "art".

Adoro said...

I'm also not a fan of modern art, but I admit, there is something very appealing about this picture! I'll admit, then to liking the random modern piece, although I don't think I'd ever buy one.

This picture actually looks to me not just like a baying wolf, but a wolf baying next to his fresh kill and the hunter off to the left mad that the wolf found his trophy buck before he did. And what's more, he's all wet because it wet there in the marsh. (Although that thing emerging from the mud looks more like an Amazon creature, a wild boar, maybe? Not so much a trophy buck unless it's gone mad.)

Deep artistic thoughts by Adoro.

Yes, I like it very much. It has form, reason, and a story to tell..which the rest of modern art is lacking!

The Crescat said...

Piotrek... that was the funniest damn comment I have read in ages and it reminded me of this post I made years ago... http://thecrescat.blogspot.com/2007/02/i-cant-look-at-you-dressed-like-that.html

word verification hell lame

Mrs Doyle said...

Pass it off as modern 'art' and make your fortune!

margaret said...

You could hang that in the Tate which isn't much of a compliment to the The Boy, but you know what I mean.

Terry Nelson said...

I like it. If I had a kid anything he did would be a masterpiece to me.

To Just Another Mad Catholic - are the Fatima works online? I'd like to see them. I think it is unfortunate about the new church, as much as I think the new Padre Pio church is ugly.

The Crescat said...

Thank you Terry. I like it. A lot.

Just another mad Catholic said...

To terry
I don't think they are

Janny said...

Kat-

I love this. If The Boy ever decides to put a price on it, I'm first in line (behind you, of course). And I really don't see myself as a patron of modern "art"--but there is something definitely appealing, energetic, and yes, "wolfy" about this. :-) And we're big on "wolfy" things in our house...

Denise said...

Hey--this is really cool; I like it a lot ( and I don't like modern art at all, either)

Shark Bait said...

I think it might be upside down.

Just sayin'

Ink said...

I think The Boy definitely beats Pollock--before the sloppy-looking splatters, his work was nightmare fuel. Silly Surrealists.

durga said...

congrats! keep up the good work/this is a great presentation.
Modern Art