So in a work I’m reading, the author is writing about evolutionary changes in art, and he’s kind of an art guy, or his father was, and he suggests that there was this thing that happened in terms of change, reflected in art, from really flat and non-individualistic (well, that’s a matter of perspective), to a place of a lot more depth and self reflection and, ego and well, perspective, and realism, and actually I’m still kind of right in the middle of that piece of the book, which I relate to in all sorts of ways, but since I’ve been thinking about quanta and objectivity and subjectivity and reality, well, they all fit in with the story he tells, and something kind of bugs me about perspective.
Why it bugs me is because when I draw, and I’ve kind of been drawing now and again of late, but also much of my life, I certainly never think too awful much about things like the shading of the face, the depth of field, and I do tend to do faces more than most other things, but I also do landscapes sometimes, not all that well or realistically, but it’s fun, and certainly if I can look at a picture it’s easier, but it’s not absolutely necessary because I know what faces look like, and landscapes, but the thing is I suspect (though I don’t know) that what happened was that the tools we used to make art got improved quite a bit over time.
There’s nothing quite like a nice sharp pencil point for detail. Same thing with brushes and such, I mean, when a body is doing art on a cave wall with a hunk of charred wood or some such, the tools available at the time, whatever, it’s a bit tougher to put a lot of detail into one’s work.
The light in those caves kind of sucks, too.
Everybody knows, the bucket and the pail makes for a better sand castle. But even after that, I mean, a nice sharp pencil point, a boar’s bristle brush (do they use those in art?), way more refined tools of the trade. In carving tikis, there is the level of detail one can achieve with hammer and chisel, and the nicer the chisel set, the greater the detail, but when it comes down to it, the Dremel tool can be used to work magic.
My ex got me a Dremel like tool for Xmas one year. I never did try to carve with a chainsaw, I’m more of a sculptor, and those saw guys, well, they’re knocking them out quickly for quick profit. I was a freaking arteest.
So anyway, another one of those posts I saw the other day clarified, and yes, made clear, that the earliest H. sapiens, of which we know, were pretty much exactly like us physiologically and intellectually and creatively, kind of makes sense, granted we didn’t have nearly the memes to work with that we have now, we’ve learned, but we were mostly just the same, and what those memes have mostly done is to help us improve our tools quite a lot.
We’ve got some pretty cool tools. We’ve got some gnarly nasty ones, too.
Art, well, it’s just art, although I have looked at some of the stuff that gets called art and kind of wondered at it, but that’s me, there’s stuff I like quite a lot, other stuff, not so much. I kind of mostly tend to dig the artists who can go lots of different directions, so like, a Picasso, or Dali, or Vincent, who could do stuff that is technically pretty difficult, and at least somewhat realistic, we recognize things there, that Starry Night, but then also do really abstract stuff as well, or do the recognizable quite abstractly.
The stuff we can do with pixels? Wowza, and I mean, I messed with stuff at that level, in terms of drawing, and then editing those lines way up close, heck, I photoshopped an image or two, it’s fun and easy if one is in to that, and for the artist raised in the era of such magnificent tools, well, cool. Of course electronic music doesn't do that much for me, but then, I'm old. I like the resonance of wood and skins and such.
Some of the mathematical art is super pretty.
But the folks, those abstract artists who do various shades of that color rearranged here and there, or splatter paint around, although the guy who splatters the rock stars just, well, rocks it, but lots of that stuff doesn’t do a lot for me, not nearly so much as repetition of form, I like that quite a lot, that mathematical stuff, fractals, doodles, all are really quite interesting. I like pictures that say something to me, ones that don’t make me ask.
But then, that’s my perspective.