The cartoon below says everything you need to know about why artist are doomed to failure. (Side effects of creativity include: “poverty, impaired judgement, poor health, difficulty with relationships, delusions of grandeur, alienation, anxiety, dependence on the approval of strangers, and bad reviews.”)
Archive for the Art humor Category
21 05 2008
28 01 2008
“Make a child a painting and he’ll be happy for a day. Teach a child to paint and he’ll be miserable for a lifetime.”
13 01 2008
Subtitle to this exhibition?: “FEEL FREE TO HATE THIS EXHIBITION”
Dates?: “FEBRUARY 14 - WHENEVER”
And after reading Executive Director Adam Lerner’s statement for the show, I’ve decided I have to find a way to get out there and see the show, come hell or February snows.
Right on, Adam. Failure does run deep through the fabric of our society. And, I’d add, through the fabric of art!
07 01 2008
There’s a lot of humor based on stereotypes. Stereotypes are generalizations based on minimal or limited knowledge about a group, usually made by people who do not belong to that group. Of course, there’s often an element of “truth” to stereotypes, whether it’s self-fulfilling truth or not. Stereotypes can be a way to help people comprehend a vast and complex society. The problem, however, is stereotypes are often employed for reasons of power and subjugation. Or as Michael Pickering, a professor of sociology, explains: “Those who generate and perpetuate stereotypes of others are usually in positions of greater power and status than those who are stereotyped. Stereotypes not only define and place others as inferior, but also implicitly affirm and legitimate those who stereotype in their own position and identity.”
This website includes a list of 45 (and counting) humorous artist stereotypes. Many are overly simplistic, some are insulting. The following seem to me, based on what I know about artists, particularly true:
A humorous look at the things you do that indicate you’re an artist.
2. The highlights in your hair are from your palette and not Clairol.
8. You are over 50 and still have no health insurance.
9. Your family takes out a life insurance plan on you for less than $5000. [ouch]
14. You chose to buy that new Russian Sable Number Six Round instead of a Big Mac, a Large Fry, a Milkshake, Desert, and five gallons of gas.
21. When you go out, you are always stopping and gazing at the world around you.
26. You explain your deplorably bad housekeeping by saying, “it’s a work-in-progress…” [I’ve heard this one from artists at least a dozen times]
30. You paint more than you talk.
44. When others are needing to be with the in crowd, you feel lost in the crowd.