This is possibly the most complicated Photoshop composition I have done to date. It contains over 25 layers and used approximately 100 Photoshop tools.
I like the finished product a lot. But that is not too surprising as one of my interests is Typeface. However, for some, this is dumb. For others, this is okay but not worth more than a one or two second glance (time to click the mouse). Some will see this as pretentious and others genius. Some will have reactions I cannot imagine.
So, with all these views, which one(s) are the right ones? Is this good art, average at best, or was it all just a supreme waste of time?
I discovered art later in life which tends to make me more reflective of the gestalt in artistry. One aspect noticeable from this out-of-flow observing is that when artists get together they do an odd thing that most groups don’t. They criticise each others work, something most would consider anywhere from rude to hostile.
The reason for this lies in all those “views.” Praise, while nice, seldom contains information useful to an artist. Of value are conversations that say if you like a thing, why. If you don’t, why. The more specific, the better. Statements like that are not taken as judgmental. Nor do they often lead to reactive changes. The piece under discussion will not be changed nor is it likely that the next creation will be profoundly different (although sometimes…). Yet, it is understanding “what works and what doesn’t” that is the measure of skill used internally by the artist.
Someone once said that an image of mine could make me famous. I don’t think artists show their work for that reason (I know I don’t). The works that get displayed are already pleasing to the artist (or else they would not be considered finished). You share your best works with the people you like and maybe your peers. But general public displays have to be about the feedback and resulting knowledge that such events bring. An artist will engage in many conversations about displayed pieces. Going in, the artist already knows some are going to like it and some won’t (some will be unimpressed and not talk at all and are liked least for it). However, the balance of the overall resulting reactions is going to provide a better understanding of human (and societal) standards. I like to think that just as the artist learns from going through this, so do we all.
It might be fair to say that no artist has ever produced a bad work of art. Those that didn’t have mass appeal were still loved by a few.
Enjoy your weekend.