Art is Unpretty

Welcome to the post-industrial age. I’m not going to lie, life was probably a lot easier when things were simply produced through an assembly line. Back then, there was a person, or group of people, who created an item or idea, which was sold to the public. There was a clear line between the producer and the consumer… But like I said, those days are behind us. Digitalization has dissolved the boundaries between producers and consumers.

This creates a mass amount of producers… which leads ideas about art, fashion, and technology to evolve exponentially. 30 years ago, the world wide web didn’t even exist , and now it’s the ultimate search engine, it’s used to send mail, it’s used for online shopping, banking, applying for jobs, paying bills, watching tv, listening to radio, it even gives us access to information on how to create anything, be anything, find anything (view article).

Internet has given us the means to create. Now, anyone who wants to be an artist, is an artist (even if you have no talent). Between wikihow and YouTube, you can pretty much learn to do anything. But don’t forget we’re not on the conveyer belt anymore. This isn’t the age of artisanal production. This is digital aesthetics. This is rapid prototyping, experimentation, error discovery, modifications leading to unexpected outcomes. Art isn’t supposed to be pretty anymore.

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7 thoughts on “Art is Unpretty

  1. Hey Kadison! I really like you blog, first it is visually appealing which makes things much easier to read. The use of image at the top of the page is a nice touch. Your take on glitch art is very interesting and I like that you also made it into a meme as well(very relevant). I like the way you have included several hyperlinks to back up your discussion so the reader can further their knowledge if they intend to. Perhaps you could put more of a first person perspective somewhere throughout your blog posts, as at the moment it seems like more of summary than a reflection? Other than that I really like your posts and I can’t wait to read more from you!

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    1. Thank you for your feedback! I agree completely, I had a hard time with this topic.. the producer-consumer relationship is so integrated into our culture it was hard to take a step back. I’ll be thinking more about it…

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  2. I like that you referred to this age as “rapid prototyping (and) experimentation” with artists, because that is exactly what is happening. Instead of mass producing one item on a conveyer belt, we are now mass producing ideas and artists and hoping something sticks within culture. While we are still using the previous ideas of our forefathers, we are clearly in a much different age of how art is made and interpreted. Wonderfully written and thought provoking. Thanks!

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  3. Love this! Really like the history of how art is evolving since the Industrial Age. And YES! Agreed! In the info age Everyone is a photographer. Everyone is a poet. Everyone is a graphic designer. But what distinguishes good art from bad art? Maybe that’s always been the question. And maybe the answer is still the same-what is still relevant after standing the test of time. Or maybe beauty / pretty is still just in the eye of the beholder. Love the way you write! Very thought provoking!!

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  4. I was just talking to my sister about this the other day. We are both photographers and artists that have been in the industry for over 20 years. At one time being an artist was unique, but now everyone can do anything just by using the internet. I guess originality and forging new styles and techniques is what will set one apart from another.

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  5. I liked the way you started your blog by stating that digitalization has been a mediator between the consumer and producer. the fact that digitalization has actually made the distance between consumers and producer has been further long. similarly the way you lead your post to the fact that search engines has destroy the original talent .

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