The Dungeness Estate,by Christopher Simpson

The Dungeness Estate,by Christopher Simpson
The Dungeness Estate on Cumberland Island (as it once was.) Read more about this and other paintings by Chris at (Copyright-Chris Simpson Fine Art)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Don't "diss",it's not just another ism...ha ha

From the Webtsers Dictionary
 ISM-1) a: act: practice: process
 b: manner of action or behavior characteristic of a (specified) person or thing.
or a distinctive doctrine, cause or theory.

Just for fun thought I would write a brief bit about something I've had to deal with the unfortunate labeling of artwork over the span of my years being an artist. Some of you I'm sure understand this very quickly while some won't even take the time to try.
Oh well, sometimes we just gotta say what needs to be said.
Years ago I had someone ask me what kind of "ism" my work is, without even asking to see it as they looked down their long nose.
Let me say I'm not knocking the need in art history for having an ism now and then, it's just the fact that for all the years of hard work I've tried not to think of what category my artwork would migrate toward.
Each painting, drawing or whatever created, has to be evaluated or looked at as it's own creation for numerous reasons.
I do enjoy seeing a theme sometimes or continuity to someones art, it's just to lump things together as if it's just another one of those, impressionism's, cubism's, realism's, or whatever ism you like to name it, just does'nt get it for me. What if someone put what we care about most in just another.......ism.
I know sometimes we all do this, however let's think twice before "dissing," someone's artwork. Remember, some of them put such a risk putting themselves on the line to make it and share it.
If you read through this, thanks for hearing me out and be sure to kindly comment on what you think of this new forum I'm starting.
Christopher P. Simpson