Week Six was focused on our artists recreation and the discussion of art vs craft, at the back of the words of Jonas Mekas. Beginning in the lecture theatre, Chelsea, Steph and I chatted about the bias within Mekas’ words;
“A good professional is a good craftsman who knows how to build a house exactly like his father used to build it; or make a wheel, or bake good bread, or make good wine, cheese or anything else. I admire crafts people, they are true professionals. But I hate experimenters who destroy our bread and our dwelling places and wine and yoghurt and everything they touch because they want to improve on what has been tested by hundred of generations. But, of course, what I say here about professionals has nothing to do with art. Artists are never professional craftsmen because gods have propelled them and possessed them in order to expand human possibilities, of what they now call human potential… And no past lessons, no professionalism will save them: they have to invent new technologies and new forms in order to record new sensibilities and now emerging content and help to form that content. The crafts people, the professionals, the more they remain faithful to the past, the more useful they are to humanity.”
Together we discussed how eminently clear it was, that Mekas ranked craft a lot higher than he valued the art discipline. We noted that he regarded craft as a more faithful practice, with it being more in tune with the past. Where as art, is a more testing form, in which ignores tradition and boundaries. He seems to hold negative feelings towards art, claiming craft to be a more conventional and acceptable form. He thinks craftsman to be professionals, but not that of artists.
I think my interests and enthusiasms lies somewhere in between. It’s a mix of craft and art. There are certain limitations on photography, and how to use it as a tool, which brings it into a craft element. However my creativity allows it to be art.
There are aspects of craft that inspire me. I like the idea of their being a structure. However, it doesn’t particularly motivate me, but I understand and appreciate its importance.
My chosen practice is photography, the forms within it that motivate me, are;
- Travel Photography
As I am really interested in photography, I decided to enrol in a photography class this session, CAVA225. It’s a really interesting class which has given me a lot of new skills and inspiration. This week was no different, and in fact inspired me more than ever. We did a nude photoshoot, and I found it so interesting and fun! From that lesson alone, I’ve rethought my entire photography path. I really enjoyed studio portraiture and the scenes you can create, and now I am thinking I want to pursue that, and maybe get into wedding photography later on if that still interests me.
With that idea, I want to incorporate that into my major work, whilst also going with the emotional side of things. At the moment, I want to find out how people do feel about the future. I began asking some friends, and they came back with some interesting answers:
- Super technology everywhere
- Global warming
I wanted to continue and get some more ideas, especially from people that I didn’t necessarily know too well, so I decided to pass a booklet around the class, and later capture their emotions through portraiture. It was an interesting experiment, and it came back with ideas and thoughts that I never even thought about.