Pencils are valuable. The pencil brings people together 🙂 This is another view of the creative tool the ‘pencil’ on how it brings people together. Manufactured goods in general can be valuable.
An interesting read by Clyde Rathbone:
A few days ago when my alarm woke me, the first thing I did was lovingly caress my the most treasured companion…my iPhone 6 Plus…I opened FB to learn about what cats where doing in the world….to see what kind of food my fellow primates were consuming, what television shows they were watching and to share in their life struggles….like being cut-off in traffic or “not being able to find a suitable hairdresser anywhere in Canberra!!! FML LOL…Sad-face”
Naturally, in a show of solidarity I was forced to like all of these updates as quickly as my thumb could tap the screen.
I then went on Twitter to have a nuanced debate about important global issues… to be berated and to berate all the people who disagree with me. I then visited CNN & the BBC…to learn what diabolically brilliant way some government or religion had devised to kill innocent people and divide humanity from itself.
But after that important work was done I went somewhere I’d never been before…just around the corner from my home I took a stroll to an art gallery in Deakin…There I met the disturbingly energetic and eccentric artist…Margaret Dimoff…Inside this huge building Margaret displayed an astonishingly large collection of paintings and sculptures, work that she has spent decades creating.
I asked Margaret why she creates art…and she looked at me in a funny way…as if to suggest I’d asked a truly peculiar question, and then she said:
“Because I have to”
This was an answer given by Reinoud Schuijers
“I suppose you’re confusing two things with one another. It’s okay – I think most people make this same mistake, which is why, to date, art is hardly understood by the masses.
The pieces of art you are talking about, such as the paintings by Miró, aren’t meant to be pretty or decorative. They aren’t meant to make someones living room look good. I’ll get back at what they are meant to be later, but in short, they have little to do with (whatever it may be): beauty.
And then there are things that are meant to make your living room look good. A pretty side table. A photograph of some beautiful underwater scene, printed on a huge canvas. A fancy carpet. Stuff like that.
So what’s up with that? Why can you buy a huge, beautifully printed canvas which looks infinitely better than Miró’s painting at, say, 0.000027% of it’s price?
Here are some interesting links to documentaries related to design and creativity (recommended by Tomas Laurinavicius) which I also recommend. I haven’t seen them all (only “Objectified”). A couple more that is not listed here is one called “Exit Through the gift shop“ by Graffiti artist Banksy and “Helvetica“ by Gary Hustwit, A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture.