Creation has a way of making you feel like a mighty proud king after finishing a piece. Other times it makes you feel like a bummy loser incapable of anything artistic. I cannot begn to tell you the amount of tears, frustration, depression, and wasted time I spent on revising images... badly. They were never good enough. My mind was stuck in a ditch, too stubborn to try something new. However when my pride was put aside, applying a new inspired avenue, my work came to life. If it's not "coming out right", let it go. It's not meant to be born to you.
Art by Mexican poster extraordinaire: Ernesto Garcia Cabral
Creativity can be triggered by the most mundane objects. In fact, those are the best things to play around with because people don't see it coming.
In an effort to liven up the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Anderson Augusto and Leonardo Delafuente started what is called the 6emeia project, Sewers and drains feature some very creative and intricate designs.
Imagine being a music teacher in a public school and having half of the group THE BEATLES in your own class (Paul and George) and not even seeing their young talent or encouraging it. True story.
In american society, the arts takes a backseat to everything else. It is not valued. Therefore most that grow up do not appreciate its worth and expect you to create things from your deepest soul for little compensation with the ever insulting carrot stick phrase of "you will get exposure". But they are only products of their schooling. In most public education systems, art and music one of the first things to be cut during budget reformations. Schools fail to see or nurture some brilliant minds and try to squeeze them into a shape they were never meant to be and end up falling through cracks as we label them "lazy" or "unmotivated".
I HATED school my whole life. I never did well but I loved learning and came alive when it came to art. This amazing clip explains why.
AWFUL VIDEO ON ALL LEVELS POSSIBLE YET I CAN'T SEEM TO TURN OFF!!!
Beautiful is boring. "Very good" is boring.
In a new world with too much stimulation, things that get noticed are the extremes. Here is an example of "extremely bad". This is one of the worst song/videos I have ever witnessed...but I will not forget it anytime soon.
Everyone has some form of A.D.D. clobbered with overloads of stimulation and information every hour. The only thing that holds our attention are things that are interesting or get a gut reaction. I understand too well the frustration of hard working unsung creative types taking weeks working on projects that gets little or no attention in contrast to someone else making something quick and inferior, but shocking and controversial. As a technical artist , It kills me to say this it but making beautiful, technical pretty things is boring. After a while our minds need other activity. Beautiful is uninteresting in the same way passionate newlyweds get bored when the fresh smell wears off when no other spices are added. What stays interesting are the fringes and oddities that get a reaction.
If we put our judgements down for a minute, there is a lesson to be learned from those we call "crap" wack" "bad" yet who are getting exposure. This is about standing out, not watering down your craft.
Making something so offensively bad has better odds of attention rather than "so good". Look at their video hit umbers. Their chance of getting a record deal are far greater than a talented singer/ songwriter who offends no one.