[NetBehaviour] Painting is hard

Mark Hancock mark at memecortex.net
Sun Sep 24 15:05:30 CEST 2006


I think that's a very good point. That sometimes work is just about  
mapping personal space. I wonder sometimes, particularly when one is  
a new artist, that we aren't always rushing ahead to try to produce a  
piece of work or a project that can be sold/exhibited/given to our  
Nan without understanding why we're doing it in the first place? It  
might be called the Dragon's Den, approach to Art making? If you get  
my drift?

I have a box full of Super 8 films that I've made that may never see  
the light of day, and similarly with some paintings (although some do  
hang in my hallway - my nan didn't want any of them - the bitch!) But  
what I've learnt about them, in the making is to think about the  
artistic process itself. Particularly as someone who writes more  
about art than makes it. It matters that I know what it's like to  
'do' some work as well as blah blah on about it all the time.



On 22 Sep 2006, at 14:06, marc wrote:

> Hi james,
> >I've not been ignoring your message, just taken me a while to come up
> >with a reply.
> No probs - it is not easy to maintain a constant dialogue when  
> there is so much happening generally. I find that I am under a  
> constant pressure to answer so many different emails each day that  
> some just fall through the net and some might think that I am not  
> answering deliberately when really - life is just so hectic nad  
> busy...
> Am I correct that your mp3 is silent? Because I could not hear any  
> sound - it could be my linux system is playing up, it does  
> sometimes...
> >Had a quick look at your drawings, some are very
> >surrealist inspired by the looks of things, having similiarities  
> to the
> >work of Francis Picabia.  I've drawn quite a few images like that of
> >human/object constructions, but not always had the guts to show them!
> >(online atleast, not exhibited any of my work at all.)
> Along side doing all of the networked (digital) artwork/activites  
> from the late eighties, I have always maintained keeping a hand in  
> drawing and painting - even though much of it has not been  
> exhibited or publicly seen. Much of the reason for not showing the  
> work is more to do with that I enjoy the process of making it  
> physically and enjoy the process and what I discover out of it  
> emotionally, but may not necessarily want it to be shown, in an art  
> context - due to it having its own reasons for being. Personal  
> space-mappings.
> I have piles of sketch books - piles of writings that nay not see  
> the light of day, but I am happy about that. I do not feel that  
> everything that one creates has to be seen, some of it is inner  
> dialogue stuff, that in time may be let out according to how one  
> feels at the time.
> marc
> >Hi Marc,
> >
> >I've not been ignoring your message, just taken me a while to come up
> >with a reply.  Had a quick look at your drawings, some are very
> >surrealist inspired by the looks of things, having similiarities  
> to the
> >work of Francis Picabia.  I've drawn quite a few images like that of
> >human/object constructions, but not always had the guts to show them!
> >(online atleast, not exhibited any of my work at all.)
> >
> >I did not see what you'd written as being quite into rant territory.
> >
> >I might write something more later, after the weekend, about my
> >thoughts/questions on net[worked] art/creativity and where maybe
> >painting may come into it.
> >
> >James.
> >
> >On 19/9/2006, "info" <info at furtherfield.org> wrote:
> >
> >>Hi James,
> >>
> >>Well - I think that we can enjoy creating in other mediums as  
> well as
> >>net art.
> >>
> >>A while back, I created a web site of sketches consisting of work  
> from
> >>1986 to 1990...
> >>
> >>even the web site now seems from another era.
> >>
> >>tomorrow's insecurity
> >>"sketch pads created by marc garrett during 86-90."
> >>
> >>These images, notes, poems & rants are all from a 4 year period  
> of my
> >>life, 1986 to 1990. This was a crucial stage for learning. It  
> comes from
> >>a philosophical place & questions life, Art, Insanity, Security,
> >>Institutions & many other things. They are from sketch books &  
> note pads
> >>that I have always carried around with me. On this site there are
> >>numerous thoughts & images, questioning situations, events,  
> personal &
> >>political etc...
> >>
> >>http://www.furtherfield.org/mgarrett/tomorrows_insecurities/ 
> index.htm
> >>
> >>I wonder if anyone else on here has stuff that they can show  
> (links to)
> >>before they explored net art, or related creativity? Hell, we  
> could have
> >>an online exhibition of web art by net artists before they suddenly
> >>turned....
> >>
> >>marc
> >>
> >>>Painting is hard
> >>>----------------
> >>>
> >>>Painting is hard, that is, it don't make me a hard man just cos  
> I paint.
> >>>It's difficult, especially when you're not as good as you think you
> >>>should be, to be an ARtist. Especially when you insist upon  
> pursuing
> >>>some vision of a personal abstract visual language arising through
> >>>randomness, perhaps even the sub-con-shush. Especially when you  
> spend
> >>>hours mixing up colours, getting all excited when you discover a
> >>>beautiful vibrant grey can be made by mixing a rather expensive  
> cobalt
> >>>blue with a somewhat cheaper raw umbre, and the disappointment  
> of it
> >>>hits you when you mix in the emulsion and find it's rather  
> boring gray
> >>>after all.
> >>>
> >>>Painting is hard when you've no idea of what to paint, but what  
> the hell
> >>>has any of this to do with net art?
> >>>
> >>>http://www.jwm-art.net/art/audio/painting_is_hard.mp3
> >>>
> >>><end>
> >>>
> >>>Painting _is Hard
> >>>=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
> >>>
> >>>Painting is difficult I mean. It's tricky working it out, what  
> like am I
> >>>going to paint next? When you've no idea and could be thought of as
> >>>stubburn, atleast you think you could be thought of as stubburn,  
> but
> >>>have no idea what others really think, if they think at all  
> about what
> >>>you do, if what you do has any consequences within their  
> thinking, you
> >>>could be thought of as stubburn for inisting upon the pursuit of  
> the
> >>>construction of a personal abstract visual language when you  
> don't have
> >>>any notion of what it shall actually communicate. You could be  
> thought
> >>>of as stubburn, nay foolish, for doing so. By your refusual to make
> >>>paintings which are purely for selling, because doing so lacks any
> >>>interest to you, and your interest lacks in painting because you  
> don't
> >>>know what to paint, you are. It is at times like these that
> >>>
> >>>http://www.jwm-art.net/art/audio/painting_is_hard.mp3
> >>>
> >>><end>
> >>>
> >>>Painting^ is ^hard
> >>>`='`='`='`='`='`='
> >>>
> >>>Painting is hard when you are scared of it. You're scared of  
> messing up
> >>>what you've already painted, even when you imagine it looks like  
> a mess
> >>>to everyone else anyway. You're scared of the unknown, and  
> painting can
> >>>be an exploration into the unknown when you can paint nothing  
> else but
> >>>your own instincts of what to paint. It's scary when you paint
> >>>something and later look at it, knowing full well you'll put it  
> on the
> >>>internet for all to see, and all you see is a beacon for crazies  
> to come
> >>>after you. A beacon for demons from outer space to come eat up your
> >>>consciousness and take over your body. Oh! Hang on, that was just a
> >>>fancy, it weren't real, thank GOD.
> >>>
> >>>Yes, it's tricky indeed this painting lark. Here is an mp3 of some
> >>>electronic music I made, all by myself, during these times when  
> I feel
> >>>painting is hard. It is for your listening pleasure, the sounds are
> >>>lovely phat synths, and some slightly muffled drums. There's a  
> little
> >>>cutting up of the drum sequences, and of course, the favourite  
> of all
> >>>amateur electronica music makers, the reverb. The reverb is on  
> everthing
> >>>I do, because my mind is full of reverb, nnmnmnmnmnm.
> >>>
> >>>http://www.jwm-art.net/art/audio/painting_is_hard.mp3
> >>>
> >>>Don't forget, painting is hard, especially when you've got no clue.
> >>>
> >>>"but what the hell has any of this to do with net art?"
> >>>
> >>>I'm probably misplaced on this list, only being a pretend net- 
> artist,
> >>>but I like what is posted here, and feel inclined from time to  
> time to
> >>>post this or that :)
> >>>
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