Τετάρτη, 11 Ιουλίου 2012

yeah, Pollock is dead and fortunately i do not believe in reincarnation


Aelita is a five year old. Aelita has already been deemed "the next Picasso" and "the next Pollock". I am no child prodigy but i would be seriously overwhelmed if I were her. These are some big shoes she has to fill..

 Being a five year old obviously though has its perks. Her untrained and unstrained eye perceives all in a pristine way and therefore proceeds to combine colours and abstract shapes in a manor remarkable to the adult eyes, for the actual quality of her work fundamentally lies in the boldness of her choice of colours. One could say she is a rough diamond this way. She responds to her environment completely differently than an adult would and very logically and interestingly so. But so do most kids.
 Okay, she can be really smart. She can be twice as smart as anyone else, hell three of four times even. Yet she lacks a whole lot of things, crucial criteria, that make an artist, an artistic prodigy, a truthfully visionary artist. One that anyway really is worth 30.000 $ per painting (!). Such as life experience. It is very plain, most of the times the truth is that as you get older you get better. You aestheticall pallet is enriched, your mind matures and your eye becomes more keen. The artist must master the ability to draw emotions and aspiration from the chaos of his/hers own experience and then present them with a process that beforehand demands hard work and practice, thus presenting a vision. I mean, art is not simply pretty pictures and I know that people really like to get overexcited and enthused with unexpected incidents like this one, but come on! Do not erase so readily all the hard work that truthful art has claimed as its birth right.
Art, good art, trully good art, art not just for the delectation of the eyball, is painfull, and more than just meaningfull it is radical, it changes things inside you and it stirs a little your guts when you muse on it.
 I think that it is reasonal for a kid, for any kid, when in a room fraught with painting and collage material, to venture to a similar enterpise. Of course both the parents of this little girl are artists and therefore a great source of relative stimuli for the girl's subconscious so that she can have a developed skill that allows her to put a painting together. We know for a fact that children's imagination and creativity kick adult's creativity in the butt.
 That is exactly why good artists are so, so rare, because they have to preserve a part of them that is still infantile and pure. When you are just a kid or just an adult you are half an artist.
 There is no reason for such a commotion. Do not get me wrong, I will remember her name and, in at least a decade, if reality supports it, i will willingly bow down to her talent but for now the only reason i can understand for the adoration her work has been given is the fact that all we really want is innocence hung in the wall of our living room to remind us that such a thing once habitated us adults as well.
Then again, everything is open to interpretation. Propably if i did not know who Pollock or who Rothko were i would have just as well assumed they were 6 year old toddlers. This is why, i guess, it is insane for her to exhibit. When you look at a painting you immediately try to decode it but what if there is nothing to decode? You think, hey, this is on a wall, it has to be important somehow. Aelita's work is inspired by space, but why is space so important to her that she needs to picture it her own way? Besides the beauty of it, let's assume that this is stemming from intuition. Okay again, she may have killer intuition. Yet again she is nowhere near being an artist.
 It is not a term one can assume light heartedly. Artist. It is not vague. The artist has an obligation towards human kind. What could a five year old know about that? By the time she hits 14- which is far away- she might have grown sick and tired of painting, propably because the immense pressure that a regular person aspiring to be an artist is usually under, starts for her at 5.
 She has raw talent, yes. Nurture it and make it into pure brilliance. Do not show it off and for the love of it, do not sell it.


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