I’m really getting tired of having critiques on work I don’t really care for. I told my professor that I think my in-class figure paintings were bad because I’m struggling to forget everything I’ve learned. They weren’t successful paintings because I haven’t let go of every dumb shit I’ve been brainwashed to force into my work, only some. After a much needed discussion about art, style and the making vs the sharing of work.. He brings me a drawing I had on the floor and told me that it was a “good drawing.” He said “students these days have a bad problem appreciating art that ‘is what it is’ - its a good drawing of the situation in front of you- you guys need to stop looking for overstimulation.” I told him “Well.. i just look to see how well someone recreates a vision or an image they see in their mind into something that someone else can see.. I think this is a bad drawing, I think you just find interest in my lack of ability to be character or something.” He looked at me for like 6 seconds, and i got bugged out thinking oh shit did i say something i shouldnt have said? He responded.. “That’s exactly what some of the most influential artists have said. You get the point of this then.”
Which point? What a jedi mind trick of a conversation that was. Damn.