I spend a lot of time admiring art, and I guess I need a vacation from looking at it as well. When I spend time in nature, it expresses an art-form that moves me like no other. I know there are no rules in art, because it’s about liberation, not control. Discipline and practice creates great art too. I do however see that man-made art can be very exclusive. Nature’s art seems more inclusive, but hey, humans are nature, plastic is nature, everything is natural. It’s all relative. I think of the comic George Carlin when I express such things.
I do wonder how art is being used to distract and condition people. Screens and devices are very prominent these days. It will be interesting to see if we’ll continue to rejoice or reject such things. In 1984, William Gibson wrote in Neuromancer, “Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation.” I grew up in the pre-internet, pre-smart-phone generation, so I feel compelled to comment on such topics. I was drawing on a ferryboat a few months ago, and a boy started showing interest. He then got out his iPad and showed me how he makes super hero characters with an app that lets the user choose body parts, colors, capes, etc. It was cool to see this kid using this device creatively, but it seemed like the device was getting in the way of direct imagination. It’s like the tool is becoming the conductor. I don’t want to close myself from tools that can help create amazing things, but I do favor straight pen to paper. It’s a combination that continues to stand the test of time.