Monday, October 26, 2009
Art isn't 9 to 5
If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear, does it make a sound?
If an artist creates a body of work and no one is there to see, does it make art? Well, some have seen these works and so it is art, without question. Now, I'd like to enlarge the audience...
A friend, Sheila, in Montreal is a truly fine artist. She is driven to create. Photography, pencil sketches, oil paintings, wood sculptures and more are all in her remarkably extensive repertoire.
Name an artistic endeavour, such as film making. You will discover that she's tackled it, done it, and filed her completed work in her bulging portfolio.
Wonderfully tart, thanks to fresh lemons and a bit of lemon zest, this is a pie that owes nothing to Shirriff lemon pie filling, as good as Shirriff may be.
My wife went to the Ontario College of Art. We have two of her works from that period on our walls. But when she left the college, for the most part, she left her personal involvement with art behind her.
I attended art school in Detroit and got a degree in film from Ryerson in Toronto. Ask me how many of the students in my classes actually went on to work in art or film. The answer is not many. This is not uncommon.
One thing that one learns in art school is that art is tough. Art is not just lines or colour on a stretched square of canvas. I would argue that a lot of fine art is the culmination of the artist's thoughts on the subject at hand and the artist's visceral reaction to the work as it takes shape.
Sheila does not deserve a show. She has earned one. Let's see what we can do. Stay tuned.