"I’m a huge art hound and go to museums and galleries all the time and find so much of what I see to be thin and insufficient. And I keep thinking, we as a species have not changed all that much in the last couple thousand years, and what we need from art, that sense of transcendence, companionship and awe — that need hasn’t changed. And it’s not especially satisfied in me by a square of carpet with a few marbles thrown on top."
Michael Cunningham, author
Sadly, I find this to be incredibly accurate to my own point of view. Sure, things like that square of carpet might be meaningful to some people, but I am not one of them. I’ve studied art history, I know why the current art world is the way it is, the egos and movements, the meaning of the white-on-white painting and why Yoko Ono should get more respect than she does, but that doesn’t mean I have to personally enjoy it all.
Okay, I’ve ranted enough for the day. What are your thoughts?
godlovesbacon asked: fuck, Fuck, FUCK! Mark you need to stop, the last one of Jacs is so beautiful it hurts.
Ha, thanks. Jacs makes it all too easy, I just click away while she creates her own magic.
And yes, sadly I often think of stopping my photography, but creativity for me really is an addiction. I guess it’s far healthier than say, meth or something.
lovessnowboarding asked: Hi Mark, I just wanted to tell you that I think you are incredibly talented. I'm sure you hear that a great deal, but I thought it couldn't hurt to hear it once more. I especially love your work with Brooke. I have a special place in my heart as she reminds me of myself when I was younger. I worry about her, but don't want to pry. So, perhaps you can keep an eye out for her as you continue working together.? Thank you for sharing your gifts with us and keep them coming!
Thank you so much, I am always honored to hear people enjoy what I do. So often I fear I am toiling away in obscurity and upon my death these hard drives will be found, kind of like with Henry Darger, except y’know, not as creepy.
As for Brooke, she’s a sweetheart. She is a hippie/free spirit who is still learning about herself, as we all do in our early 20s. I believe in her immensely, I trust she will be just fine, but I’ll do what I can to help her where I can.