I Reserve the Right to Make Something Totally Bananas

I have been putting off writing this entry because it feels a little like a school assignment with no deadline and we all know how well that would go. On Tuesday a friend and I went to MoMA, and for me it was the first time in an embarrassingly long time, to be fair it is expensive and it involves an entire day of looking at work, which is pretty exhausting even when it’s super fun.

I did not take photos of the art, but I did photograph this cool light on the train platform.

I did not take photos of the art, but I did photograph this cool light on the train platform.

The last time I went to MoMA I had a lot of fun with Malevich’s white on white, it used to be on the other side of Starry Night, so it was a high traffic area, my friend Alan and I decided to have a little fun when he started out (quite loudly) with “You know there’s an optical illusion in this painting” to which I responded “Yes but only some people could see it”. We had a crowd, we kept it up for about ten minutes adding “it can only be seen with the naked eye” when a woman went to take a photo of the painting. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had in a museum.

Kazimir Malevich, White on White 1918

Kazimir Malevich, White on White 1918

Anyway, back to modern day MoMA, I was super unimpressed with the diversity of artists, but I did really appreciate the depth that they went into certain artist’s careers. It was nice to see very early or very late work of some of the masters. So for the first time in a very long time and probably the last time for a very long time I’m going to actually talk about art on my art blog, well I’m going to talk about artists.

We are one of the few groups of people who can completely recreate ourselves or explore a completely different part of ourselves with each new thing that we do. Sometimes that changes our lives, when we make one small decision that launches us into a career. Sometimes we are established and a significant change doesn’t sit right immediately with our hard won fans. Most of the time the change is just continuing to chip away at the immense dues you have to pay in this absurd profession, thats most of what artist’s do, is trying to figure out how to make a buck from this thing we do so well, because we have to do it.

It’s a freeing feeling to think that evolution in this profession is expected, but it doesn’t have to be a predictable evolution. I like to think that the next series I do is going to be inspired by the last but I also like to think that I can also do something totally bananas and I reserve the right to do so. I think all artists should reserve the right to make something totally bananas or terrible or wonderful but only to you and one other person. I think we should feel confident that our growing pains will continue to create something even if it’s only seen by you and that one other person.

I guess I’m feeling better about my practice lately, I’ve taken on a challenge and I like it and I’m excited about it. It’s a good feeling, it’s been a long time since I’ve felt a connection to a project so I’m excited and I’m hoping it leads to more.

until next time

bri