“Art is for us, the society who walks on two legs. It’s purpose is obvious. Eversince men draws, art serves to record and depict the entire history of humankind. People, events, nature, fables, biblical stories & characters, art then became a tool to record our discoveries, explorations, excavations, our achievements and dissension before it morphed into what it is today – an aid in conveying our emotions, feelings and messages about ourselves, others, the world, and to realize all that we thought about, wanted to create, wish to design or hope to invent.”
Monthly Archives: February 2016
Prints Versus Matrixes
It is ironical for a self proclaimed printmaker to sell the matrixes separately from the prints in an arts show not unless the print edition is classified ‘unique’ and it came accompanied with the matrix. If the matrix is sold separately as a work of art beit or not at a reduced price, then the purchaser of the prints should be informed and those matrixes shall then by right be regarded as ‘wood carvings’ which in this case is not since the artist did not regard himself as a ‘wood carver’. This wood carving is by right a tool, medium or mode the printmaker uses to create his art and at most times is kept by the printmaker or dispose of since it no longer has meaning after the ‘unique’ copy is sold. The question then arise that if both prints and matrixes are up for sale, which then should a collector collect in this case and which has more value? The logical answer would be the print since that is the ‘end result’ of the printmakers craft and the matrix is but the ‘medium’. But preferably, the collector of the ‘unique’ print should own the matrix also if the printmaker wishes not to keep it. And it is not ethical for the printmaker to sell both the positive and negative separately, each as an artwork by itself. Moreover whoever owns the matrix could summon for multiple re-edition of prints made without the knowledge and consent of the printmaker or the owner of the unique print. And this, the ignorant collector should by right be informed as it lends doubts towards authentication issues.
If one looks back at the history of printmaking, the craftsmen doesn’t sell their matrixes. And in each artwork, there are as many matrixes as there are colors encountered.The key point to know about matrixes is that it is technically not ‘the’ work of art although many may admire its reverse intricacy and it will not appreciate in value or have a value equivalent to the print from which it is printed from provided in due course, the unique print is unintentionally or intentionally destroyed, went missing or disposed of for whatever reasons. In the last case the matrix can acquire antique value with collectors of matrixes which is rare or museums of printmaking provided the printmaker is highly regarded in the printing world.
“Do not underestimate the importance of the plinth below the sculpture. A correctly shaped and sized plinth balances the sculpture, enhances its form, accentuates its meaning, draws the viewer yet serves as an imaginary demarcation between the viewer and the object. A sculpture has to be enormous if it is without a plinth or it’ll look like a bouquet of flowers without the pot. So, always include the plinth into your work. Don’t leave it to chance. If the work is really small, a correctly sized plastic casing to match the plinth should cover the object to make it look special. And I am not referring to the base of the sculpture but a separate plinth. What most ppl would call a ‘stand’. And a built environment almost always makes a sculpture look better.”
Motivated by Money
“It’s ok if someone wants to be an artist being motivated by money. Whether or not they can or cannot draw. Ultimately it’s the buyer who decides if they are competent enough to be an artist. The freedom of choice is the most wondrous gift one is endowed with and this situation is uncannily similar to a person who decides how much they are worth before they decide to go for an interview and be hired. But generally those motivated by money do not possess the resilience to do mainstream art. They want fast bucks and thus came out with horrifying ideas they called art. Still it is their freedom of choice. Still it is the buyers who decides. As long as they don’t encounter fierce critics.”
“Market movers, market spoilers, market creators, market destroyers, market dampers, market innovators, every line has its own fair share of them. Do not be worried about their mere existence for without a market, the value of things owned is worthless. Just be careful with greedy pretentious people, exalt those who observe good business ethics but shun away those who fool and breaks every rule and code of conduct imaginable. If everyone observes these simple rules of elimination, the market in a line you are in will mature.”