I Would Draw Her Likeness
May 7, 2015 7:52 PM   Subscribe

"it is important that you find interacting with my website frustrating"

-- an artist
posted by idiopath at 9:40 PM on May 7, 2015 [11 favorites]

I can't figure out how to work the web page. Is there an article there somewhere?
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 9:44 PM on May 7, 2015

Scroll right, If only I had a penguin. I've been using my right navigational arrow to do it since the positioning of elements on the page is a mixture of fixed and relative.

It's an artsy presentation, and I am trying not let a sometimes almost powerpoint-run-amuck sense of presentation overwhelm the content. Maybe I should re-read it in the morning, because I think there's something interesting here in the nature of art, techniques, collecting, museums, trends in public perception, and the role of art in private life, but the actual writing seems muddled and meandering tonight.
posted by julen at 9:59 PM on May 7, 2015 [1 favorite]

Maybe someone can paste it to dpaste.com or medium.com or something. I can’t make the dumb thing work.
posted by migurski at 10:12 PM on May 7, 2015

It's very easy to use; just treat it like a slideshow. Press and release the right arrow key to advance one slide.
posted by adecusatis at 10:53 PM on May 7, 2015

Locating the limner ... at the center of a story of American art causes us to consider the possibility that American culture, in which the space between myth and its commercialization has always been paper thin, has also always been a matter of proprietary roles rather than ex nihilo inspiration and invention.

Except that in this story, the limner is constantly pushed out of the center, after the briefest look at his concerns, his technique and fears and income, to make room for what is apparently a national love-affair with the tasteless rich and their ability to hoover up both the art itself and the terms of discussion.

Setting these artists up as, well, artists, delocates them from the context where they're most interesting (well, to me anyway), which has more to do with specific techniques used to fulfill a certain economic need--how do you make these pictures good enough, and fast enough, to make a living, if you're a limner? How much did a sense of skill matter in your success? And is "skill" even the right word, or does it assume an accuracy of representation that the paying audience didn't really care about?

But that gets lost in clumping them together in lots, and degrading them with terms like "primitive" or "naive," which certainly separates them out from Real Artists, who are I guess imagined to have no technical or commercial concerns?

I don't mean to sound grumpy about it, though--I really did enjoy reading this!
posted by mittens at 7:09 AM on May 8, 2015

“all mechanical aids are mischievous. The artist should depend alone on his eye.”

Liked the article, awkward web page.
posted by boilermonster at 8:48 AM on May 8, 2015

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