I'm not sure why I came into this video not liking these guys, (it might have something to do with Jeremy's comment above, and wondering if I was lumped in with his "fellow students") but I came out really enjoying the talk. It is a talk on if your work is conceptually based, you need to produce a body of work that is as strong as your idea. I agree with what they were saying about the examples like the red balloon and the guy who did nothing to an extent. I think they are offended by them simply because it was done in a school environment. They were comparing how hard they worked to how hard they thought the other person worked in a set amount of time. If they weren't comparing themselves to their peers, they would most likely enjoy the work more. I did enjoy the part where they talk about how artworks are produced to propel ideas, and how he has a problem with that. Though i strongly disagree with his thought that art can't be the ideas behind a piece, it is important to produce work that is up to par and can express that idea clearly. I think that's what he might be hinting at when he talks about Shea Hembrey's 100 artists, but i'm not entirely sure. I hope he is remarking on how amazing the idea behind hembrey's work is and on how high the quality of work he produced was, rather than just the images themselves.
I definitely recommend checking out the TEDtalk by Shea Hembrey.http://www.ted.com/talks/shea_hembrey_how_i_became_100_artists.htmlAlthough I have found that arguing about what makes art good or bad is frustratingly subjective and ultimately pointless, these videos helped me evaluate my own work, at least. I think once I'm out of school, and am not pressured to complete an entire project in a semester, I can have the time to spend on each individual image so that they each may express unique ideas within the same concept. At least for me, I find myself being more concerned about fulfilling the "quota" of images than I am creating GREAT standalone works.I also enjoyed their segment on the student who had a Master's degree in studio practices. I feel I can relate because after nearly 4 full years of schooling I still have no idea how I'm going to use photography once I'm out of school (even after taking the single business course in the department, pro practices).
Yeah this was a great video.I also thought the part about the Master's in Studio practices part interesting as I feel the same way. It is interesting to me also, as I had once looked at going to the Art Institute of Colorado (alas, it was too expensive). Students I spoke to there talked about their first year being very business orientated. It's unfortunate our program doesn't lend more to that side of being an artist.
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