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What Would You Do If Money Was No Object? What would you desire?

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Love this video – very thought provoking

What would you do?

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  • Peggy

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    I love this.. I heard this many years ago. It just makes sense.

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I could do that …Or An Art Curator Explains Why You Couldn’t

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A couple weeks ago I posted on my n*Studio Facebook page this video by the Art Assignment/PBS about an art curator explaining why she thinks, saying “I could do that” when standing in front of some art work, is actually not right. This caused a lively discussion on my page which I really enjoyed and therefore I thought I should share it on my blog again and see what you are thinking about this:

What do you think? Is Art simply the merit of “the artist thought about it first”? or do you agree what this topic is so much more complex?

I never liked hearing “I could Do That” even though I sometimes do not understand a piece of art in an exhibition and is maybe only getting a shoulder shrug from me. For me the art work needs to provoke emotions, wether they are good or bad and yes…I can be a silly person just being insanely happy by seeing beautiful colors and texture – a Pollock might make me smile senseless while others cannot understand why this is called art ;) . What I often times don’t get are contemporary installations – …but I have never said “Oh, I could do that”. The more I learn about the background of the art work or the artist or the context in which the piece was created – the time, the material etc, the more I might be able to appreciate the work, even if it doesn’t speak to me. I thought the Curators’ example of Felix Gonzalez-Torres “Perfect Lovers” was a wonderful way to explain her point.  I find it often inspiring for my own work to find more information about art work or the artist and sometimes art work that I couldn’t appreciate years earlier does becomes way more interesting or even speaks to me later, while other artwork I loved earlier just becomes boring or not that important to me anymore.  As I change, my taste for art work changes. I know some people got really upset about this topic and I think it is because art is often times forced on us in such an elitist way. I always think- Screw you – Art is for the masses and not for just a handful of folks ;) Anyway, I could ramble on- but I would love to hear your thoughts :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I enjoyed that video and love the questions that she poses.
    I have heard folks saying “I could do that” and my response (in my head), is so do it.
    I do find that if I know more about the artist I often appreciate the piece more.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      That is so true Sue, I feel the same- the more I can connect or understand the artist the more I can connect or appreciate the artwork.

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  • Deborah A. Pierro

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    Thanks for the video, Nat. I learned a lot from it about how each of us, as an artist, brings something to our work that is uniquely ours. I now have an understanding, and more perspective, about other artists’ motivations and ideas that go into their works.

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  • Cindy Connell

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    Hey Nat!
    I watched this video when you first posted it and again now. I gave me a lot to think about. I am not formally trained in art and could not connect famous names and their work to save my life. I do have an appreciation for many different styles of art though. I did learn though about the detail in pieces like Piet Mondrian’s Composition Red Yellow and Blue. Like other I may have been tempted to reproduce it… but not with acrylic paint on canvas. Understanding how something is made usually gets my appreciation over anything else. Like you and others though… I like what I like!
    Cindy Connell

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      I totally can see how the “how it is made” point gets you intrigued- I am the same way :) For example a year ago or so there was an exhibition at MoMA – Robert Gobert – https://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1495  – it was interesting but I do have to admit it wasn’t really for me – although it provoked feelings- if sometimes negative. – but I could totally appreciate his way of creating is art – that was actually pretty compelling. I wouldn’t have know that if I hadn’t had a class that was connected with this exhibition and it made me see it in a different light – and maybe some time I can appreciate it even more.

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  • Rebecca Buchanan

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    Nathalie, I am just getting around to reading this post and watching the video and am really glad I did. This video has made me want to be more curious about any art I view in the future, especially if I’m perhaps having trouble appreciating it. The only time I’ve ever entertained the thought, “I could do that,” is when it is something I want to do. Of course there are many things I want to do that I don’t believe I could do or even want to try myself, but if I really love a work and it is in a medium that I work in or want to work in, the thought is more of an inspirational type thought, like ‘I could try that.’ I too bristle when I overhear or have someone with me who makes that statement in a way that is dismissive of the work. After watching this video, I can now see that I may have been too quick in assuming I don’t appreciate something when perhaps there is more of a story behind it that I would find interesting if I took the time to find out about it. Very though provoking–thanks so much for sharing!

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Feeling MEH about your work?

Watch this uplifting and beautifully made video The Gap by Ira Glass

THE GAP by Ira Glass from frohlocke on Vimeo.

Have a gorgeous day and have fun creating!
Nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Simple and encouraging…thanks for posting Nat and have a creative day!

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I make Art…or I am a blind visual artist

What an inspiring and beautiful video of Pete Eckert, a totally blind person. Through his photography, he proves that he IS a visual person, he just can’t see.

| Artists Wanted | In Focus : Pete Eckert from See Me on Vimeo.

I love this and since I love the process of my artwork almost more when the outcome…I get it too.

Do you think you need to “see” your art in order to enjoy it?

huge hugs

nat

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  • scrapinsue

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    Another inspiring video that you’ve shared with us Nat.
    I really have to say that I’m not at the point in my hobby where I can even evaluate rather or not I need to “see” my art in order to enjoy it.
    I play with paper and paint and it’s fun:-)

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  • Jean A Marmo

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    So inspiring! I too am another who just plays. Just for me.

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Not Cool Robert Frost

So, you have been pep talked :)

huge hugs and be awesome!

Nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    “Create something that will make the world awesome.”
    Well said little man. You create art that does make the world awesome Nat! Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  • Amante del Papel

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    wow!

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  • Laura

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    Brilliant!
    Thanks Nat :)

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  • petyvic

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    Awesome!….what a way to start Monday! Thanks Nat, very inspiring!

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  • Laura Strack

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    Glad I took the Creative Jump Start 2013 Road….lead me straight to gesso…and a lot of fabulous artist :) Thanks, Nat

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Splitscreen: A Love Story

I stumbled over this video by James W Griffiths – which I find very beautiful.

Wishing you a beautiful day

nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I enjoyed it and the music was especially nice to hear in the morning.

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  • Denise Spillane

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    Wow, cool. A little discombobulating but I loved it.

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  • Riikka

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    Absolutely captivating!

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  • Nurse Ratchet

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    This is awesome!!

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“Why is it important to know what I am doing when I am older?”

This video about 94 year old painter Hy Snell made me laugh (What’s an abstract?) and cry at the same time- beautiful video – and so many great things are being said in here:

“I am 94 and 1/2 years old and I am still painting wonderful pictures”…what is not to love about this! ?

Hugs

Nat

 

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  • michelle guest

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    I hope I am still painting at 94 1/2… Thanks for sharing this…

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  • Kirsten Alicia

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    That was great, what a wonderful person he is.

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  • Brenda

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    Just beautiful!

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  • Mary Werner

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    All the videos you post helps me to grow, I can’t get the noise out of my head of the metal faces being walked upon. Still go back and watch the Lion and listen to the words. Love to hear the music Hy is singing! You never fail to bring us great video to watch.

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  • Kathy P

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    Awesome video, Nat! Would sure love to meet him…..great attitude and still looking forward, not behind, is what keeps him young!! Thanks for sharing here!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I always love the videos that you post Nat.
    This one is especially wonderful.
    “I don’t have time to tell you what an abstract is, I’m busy working.”
    Priceless.

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  • Susan Kopp

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    That was so wonderful…..made my day and I will be thinking about this for a long time. Thanks for sharing this!!

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  • Samie

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    What a awe*some vid. I hope we both have the fortune to be 94 and still painting, experimenting, and being creative. Thank you for sharing this…I needed it!

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  • Sandra

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    Made my day. Thank you :)

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  • Carmen Lucero

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    Thanks for the video, Nat! That men reminded me of my dad. He was still dancing three days before he fell sick and passed away three months after that. He was 99 yo, just five months short of his 100th birthday. He taught me to always laugh at life. I can hardly wait to see him again!

    Carmen L

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I always show my teeth when I am smiling or…The Lion

Absolutely fell in love with the song and the animation in this video “The Lion – Benjamin Scheuer/Escapist Papers” Awesome job!!!

have a wonderful smiling day :)

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  • Nurse Ratchet

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    Mwah…..wonderful way to start my day!!!

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  • Mary Werner

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    WOW that was a real treat! Meaningful, clever, happy endings exists when you write them yourself with intention. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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  • sue_clarke@hotmail.com

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    I especially like that most of it appears to be made out of cardboard.
    Clever song and story.

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  • Donna

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    Fabulous video and now I have a great little tune in my head and a smile upon my face.
    Thank you,
    Donna

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  • petyvic@gmail.com

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    All day i will be repeating than tune (on my head) Great details worked with scissors and cardstock!…TFP

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  • fran

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    fabulous Nat. the whole cycle of animation is wonderful and so clever

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  • Madeline Rains

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    I so loved this. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Lisa Flaherty

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    Love, Love, LOVE!!!!!! The song, the story, the animation!! I have an almost unhealthy love of cardboard, and this is SPECTACULAR!!!

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  • Benjamin

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    Nathalie,
    Hello from Scotland!
    I’m so glad that you like our video for “The Lion.” The song is part of a show called “THE BRIDGE” that I’m performing every evening from July 31-August 26th 2013, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival here in Scotland.
    Details and tickets on my website.
    All my very best wishes,
    Benjamin Scheuer

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“If not now, then when? If not me, then who?”

I stumbled over this inspiring TED-Talk by Mick Ebeling. He built an amazing team to make it possible for the from head to toe paralyzed graffiti artist TEMPT1 to draw again.

Amazing ! Mick Ebeling founded Not Impossible Labs, a nonprofit that develops creative solutions to real-world problems.

 

Nat

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  • SusanJane

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    I can totally rely on you to find the best of TED. These people are just amazing. So friggin talented. Technology and ideas are not the sole providence of the rich and powerful.

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  • Kathy Gledsdale

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    How inspiring and wonderful

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  • Wynn H

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    Thank you, Nat! What an inspiration.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Wow. Just wonderful and the fact that they did not make money from it is stunning.
    It was done for the love of the man and his art.

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  • Ann

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    Thank you

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  • mjmarmo

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    So cool!

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  • Kathy P

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    Awesome!

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  • petyvic

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    Reallly amazing! Will share, if it is possible, TFS!

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  • Leonie

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    Very inspiring TED Lecture. Thanks for sharing.
    Regards, Leonie

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