posted by art blogs are fun at 11:00 AM
proof that "craftsmanship" and "art" are not synomomous.
It is derivative
vapidpredictableand i want to coin a new word here: "deery" ; of or pertaining to compositions that utilize images of deer, often smeared or photo-transfered. As in:This vapid and predictable work seeks immediate approval based on its deery familiarity and comfortable childlike trope system.
This kid is a genius. It's like every time he moves his bowels, art comes out. I'll bet he has them working overtime making canvases for him at the Charmin factory.
Every time I move my bowels shit comes out. Doesn't mean it's good shit.
John Azoni was a student in my painting class at CCS a few years ago. He was serious and hard working. I don’t know how much I helped him, but I do know that he had something going. I haven’t had contact with him since then, but I have observed the evolution of his work. He is doing what young artists should do. He is searching for his voice, and my sense is that he will find it. This might take half a lifetime, but he will never lose it. He seems to intuitively understand that serious painters are in it for the long haul. It sounds like there are some personal issues motivating the negative comments directed at his work. This is common among young artists who are insecure about their own future in this most difficult and trying vocation. My experience has taught me that the energy spent degrading others is better spent confronting one’s own inadequacies and frustrations as an artist. John seems to be quietly doing just this.
John isn't doing anything "quietly". Instead, he's offering up every half baked scribble for sale as if it's something of valuable. The only result of this will be to cheapen his work in the eyes of the public when and if he ever finds his "voice".Motor City and this blog aren't doing him any favors by helping him put this garbage on display.
if one ever gets to the point of the previous poster of putting the value of his or her work over trying new things I hope they will do everyone a favor and stop making art. You can become another thomas kinkade and leave the rest of us alone.
better to do something new and have it be "half baked" than to do not do something at all. it's those half baked ideas that lead to...fully cooked ones? most of the good art out there is half baked scribbles.
the Motor City venue is perfect for showing more experimental, edgy, work. I dont get the criticism of Azoni in this case......damned if he does and damned if he doesnt.
leave it to leoqueen to say something sensible! and you too painter's painter. people like you two make the comments section worth reading.
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ann, can those repeted posts be removed?
i love how art gets people talkin
Delete everything and let's start this conversation over.
except the first comment, becuase its still relavent.I can appreciate anzoni's work as studies, or quick sketches, but it seems a little too informal, even for this informal venue to me without the context of some larger work that was a result of this thought process. How about giving someone new with some more finished and varied work a chance to hang and get some exposeur.
I'm an outsider in all this, so I really don't know the politics of the situation, but it sounds like you're blaming the artist for a decision by the venue to hang his artwork? That doesn't seem right. Can't blame someone for trying to get his stuff out there, it's up to curators or other gatekeepers to decide whether to show it or not.The pieces here that I really enjoy are the ones where the majority of the image has been obscured, allowing small bits of photo-imagery to appear. It reminds me a bit of the early work of Gregory Gillespie. I certainly wouldn't say derivative, though, because being reminded of something and actually thinking that the artist was bouncing off of that work or quoting it are two different things. I think there's a lot going on here, and it's hard to see which direction it will ultimately take, or if the work will continue to attempt to speak in multiple tongues.I think the distinction between craftsmanship and art was set aside somewhere in the early part of the last century by Duchamp. . .Interesting stuff, thanks for posting it.
chicago is a great place to sell contrived, irrelevant work, that is no way contemporary. Sure chicago is a drive. but its a great city. anyhow. people can try, just many dont. deery, hehehe.i wouldnt even call this half baked. that might be infering the attempt of original thought, not theived. atleast one could argue his paintings, but to change it all up with the same ridiculous sensitivity to technique to a new sbject, is bearly enjoyable.my appologies. just listen to ann, thats her name right, ann, "try harder", if you have peoples attention, dont simply maintain it, but consider it an blessing, and dont abuse it.I<3U
who keep repeat posting. It's totally rude. We're trying to have a thoughtful conversation here
sueno~I think some of us could benefit from your definition of contemporary. Would you care to elaborate on what is so un-contemporary about this work? And did you even see the show or are you just going by the few pictures that ann posted?
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