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Indiana, United States
I have done pictures since I can remember. I took all the art classes in junior high and high school I could and naturally became an art major in college. I graduated with a BFA in art and writing and marry the two by writing and illustrating children's books.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

So, This is Like, Robot Art…?

I’m finding that some folks want to categorize what I’m doing as “not quite there” or “cheater” artwork. As if I’m tapping into some vast database of images and just assembling pictures. It makes me remember that once an individual said to me, regarding the electric organ in our church, that it wasn’t really music they were creating since there were no pipes and no air running through those pipes.

Hmm. So, then should we say that photographers are not artists either, since they aren’t painstakingly creating photographic replications of their subjects with pen/ink or some other hand medium?

The art first exists in the idea.

I don’t put myself out there as someone who sees the world in a vastly different light and am then compelled to create art to help the un-seeing see it all through my lens. I just like pictures. I like to make pictures. I’m fairly pedestrian. I’m not abstract and my work is not esoteric. OK, I’m a kiddie book artist.

Then, the idea has to get onto paper (or a screen, or a canvas…)

Once I have an idea, I then figure out how to make it tangible and hope others will like to look at it too. Yes. I consider others. I don’t treat my work as something just for me. I hope even, that I can sell it! I think that getting it out of your head and onto a visual surface is what every art maker must learn to do (this is skill and craft)—even photographers; even digital artists.

Thanks for reading.


Kevin Spear said...

Some people just don't get it, do they? They think digital means "easy." The same arguments have happened whenever technology has changed printing. Somehow, the new technology is seen as inferior to the old ways.
Keep up the good work, Nathan. People will eventually get it.

Nathan said...

Hey Kevin,

I'm finally getting into my blog and JUST realized you commented. Thanks a million. I'll be more alert going forward.