Friday, October 25, 2013

Art, Creativity, and Value

Good day, Blogger world! 

Just this past week, someone stole 2 large, black and white photoprints from the Assumption Life Art Gallery in Moncton, or more specifically from Aleksandr "Sasha" Onyshchenko, the artist whose photos said gallery was exhibiting.  More info here: 

http://kravetzphotographics.blogspot.ca/2013/10/photo-art-work-was-stolen-in-broad-day.html

One wonders at the motivations of this thief, whether profit or kleptomania.  Knowing how hard it can be to sell art that ISN'T stolen, it's hard to say, though these particular photos really are breathtaking.  Either way, there is a very bitter irony about the whole thing from an artist's perspective. 

Art isn't one of those fields you get into because you want to get rich.  It's considered impractical, and in fact it's one of those areas of study that people refer to when speaking of college students with unrealistic expectations - and yet it is one of those things that gets taken for granted every day. 

A great deal of creativity goes into the world we live in.  One might consider advertising, to start out.  You might think we don't pay for the images and other creative elements of advertising, but they are the reason that sites like Youtube and Facebook are free for us to use.

It occurs to me that one reason the arts tend to be undervalued is that creative people never really stop making creative works.  We might make less, and it might be of lesser quality, but to actually stop creating is something we are profoundly unwilling to do.  Whether it's paintings, photographs, or Gifs the content always appears one way or another. 

Knowing this makes me grateful to all the grant programs and people who support the arts out there.  Because people do realize that, even though you can't eat a painting or cure AIDS with a photograph, art and creative works are things we need in our lives. 

'Till next time, Blogger world! 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Article Response Regarding Alcoholism and Sexism

I'm posting this here because the site this article appears on is taking its sweet time loading my comment. This would have made a great article about the hazards of alcoholic culture and the responsibility OF EVERYONE to be responsible, but the author has put this responsibility squarely on women with hardly a passing glance at the men. It doesn't matter how many times you say you aren't victim blaming. Holding women to a different standard of life style is what ultimately lets this kind of stigma continue. This premise is why women feel ashamed, even though they aren't the only ones engaging in this behavior. There are a lot of things women can do to "prevent" sexual assault. Not going to work, never leaving the house unaccompanied, and covering themselves head-to-toe are among these. In fact, these are the standard in many places around the world and throughout history - a cultural phenomenon that we are just now overcoming in this part of the world. The slant of this article shows a fear to address the real problem - that sexual assailants need to be held responsible for their actions, even if it is easier to put the responsibility on potential victims. 

Here is the article to which this is a response:
http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2013/10/sexual_assault_and_drinking_teach_women_the_connection.2.html

And here is a pretty good response to that article:
http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/10/college-men-stop-getting-drunk.html

Not sure about that last comment on restraint "trickling down" to the women, but the whole article is in answer to the last one so it can be taken in reference to that.

Edit:  I have written a continuation to this post based on subsequent responses - http://sketchesandswatches.blogspot.ca/2015/11/continued-article-response-regarding.html