Archive for May, 2008

A 4-year-old Pollock?

Posted in Meanderings on May 23, 2008 by weirleader

Wow, it’s been a while…

anyhow – I know this is an old topic (though one new to me), but it really raises some good points that have always bothered me about what people call “art”.  I sort of follow the last point made in the article – about how Pollock deserves respect for creating something which was not mere replication, but even so it smacks to me of a case of The Emperor’s New Clothes.  What I would love to see is a group of art aficionados participate in a blind study that analyzes their ability to discern the work of unfamiliar, yet professional artists from cheap knock-offs produced by someone intentionally mimicking the style but without a shred of artistic ability (myself, for instance).

As Stephen will attest, they would probably identify my Pollock knock-off by the exceedingly “long legs” hidden within the splatter.  🙂

Scary because it’s all-too-likely

Posted in Meanderings on May 13, 2008 by weirleader

Doonesbury (hat tip to this Freakonomics article)