drawing a day - week 2

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i kind of went all over the place this week... but that's really what the project is all about huh? you can see all of them [last weeks, this weeks, individually] here . i have one that took like 10 minutes and one that took 3 hours +. i wasn't really bargaining for that, but that goes into this whole thing i'm really interested in. the idea of work ethic - which has been wading around in my brain since helen molesworth [now curator at the wexner ] came and spoke to us in grad school about her show at the baltimore museum of art titled: work ethic .

here's the gist. how does time factor into an artmaking practice? especially when you start to consider performance or long term conceptual pieces [like this drawing a day - or self-portrait tuesday]. if i remember correctly molesworth sort of broke it down into 3 categories. [i really need to get the catalogue to that show! especially since i want to do a project in a class someday based on this idea]. 1. Artist as manual laborer & and own manager [the traditional mode of making where you create with your own hands. 2. Artist as manager - you set the task for someone else to complete [think Donald Judd calling up to have a plexiglas cube made, or Christo having the gates put up]. 3. Artist as experimentalist - where you need an audience to complete the piece. it cannot exist on its own.

what also fascinates me is the idea of time + labor = value. the longer you spend the better? if you labor over something intensely does it make it better? what if part of the labor is in your head, the thinking and planning. how do you account for that? sometimes it is the quick sketch on a napkin done w/ a sharpie that has that essence of amazement while the painting that you've spent 6 months on still looks like crap. i guess i'm saying that there is no magic formula. is that why we are compelled to keep going?? hmmmm


wendy said…
Also there is the idea of 'art' for something else. When we paint at the studio - something huge - because it is not 'art' but something else - what is that. Does it matter that it is 20' long? And is what we make here art because we paint it?
maria said…
really interesting thoughts.... your little pieces are just lovely.

wendy brings up a good point too. these issues of "art" could go on forever, yes?
i have no answers but it is all so very cool to think about. we need to all get together in person so we can TALK it out!
cheers, mav
laura r. said…
lisa, i love, love, l o v e this idea, your spin on work ethic.
i have often received comments about how long something i did took, as i assume it seemed very time consuming.
it bothered me that that is what the viewer saw, or chose to comment on.
i am fascinated by time & artmaking also.
thank you for this post!
i love stitching so much.
on paper,
sandwich bags,
paper towels,
pillow cases,
Anke said…
Interesting discussion... i think with art it's always what you and others see in a particular piece that makes it valuable.
If one artist specializes in huge oil paintings that take three years and another builds something out of blocks and that takes two minutes...hm...that really is hard to evaluate.
But how can one put a price tag on the process of inspiration until the actual piece?

I really really love your stuff. I don't even need to know how long they took you...I just want to look at them. :)
joy madison said…
I have a problem with this....is something complete and a work of art if it took me only 10 minutes (or 5 or 2 or 1) to make or isn't it. Sometimes I think art can be too easy...."look I crumpled this paper and threw it in the corner, viola ART" and sometimes we make it too hard. It is all about balance. That is one of the ongoing sagas in my mind, the balance of everything, god and man, art and science, time and waste.
andrea said…
wow, this is fascinating concept to think about, to explore, to discuss... and really sort of difficult to pin down because sometimes the things we create without over-thinking and laboring too much are the pieces that are most stunning and profound. and I think it's because they flow out of a place within that is so authentic and untouched by preconceived ideas. but there's an intrinsic beauty to be found in process and time and craft, too. I'm sorry, I'm a little wishy-washy here. love the discussion and will have to do a little more thinking on this.

been loving the drawings you've been doing, too.

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