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30in30 Entry 7: Pipes


I love the textures and the angles going on here. It’s all about movement and drama for me.

NOTE: Please keep in mind that most of these photos from this shoot were quickly edited; there are some things that need cleaning up, like the skies. (I actually combined two exposures of the same image to create the dramatic skies, but the seams between the skies and the foregrounds aren’t always perfect. The goal of this whole 30in30 project is for me to push myself to make stuff, polished or not.

  • bradblackman

    Thanks for your input, Brett. I think you’re absolutely right that one’s own personal experience, bias, and emotional state play a huge role in how someone experiences a piece of art. That said, there are still some tools available for the layperson to use to look at it beyond a simple, “I like it” or “I don’t like it” without really understanding why. I’ll get into that more in a future post. Being able to look at a work and take note of things like color harmonies and visual rhythm makes for a richer experience.

    Your own story adds a lot to whether a piece resonates with you. I don’t care much for floral paintings, but for someone who received a certain type of flowers from a certain friend at their mother’s funeral, a floral painting of those flowers will be all the more meaningful. So we agree on that point.

    And I agree there is a lot of BS art out there beginning with the Dadaists and Surrealists and some of today’s acclaimed postmodern artists who just seem to be pulling stunts for attention.

    I’m just trying to help people who have never really paid attention to art find a way to access it on a deeper level. Actually evaluating it is a whole different ballgame.

    Thanks for your comment!

  • Beth D

    whoa nelly Brad — I find the Dadaists and Surrealists to be the more interesting movements in the history of art. Take “Fountain” by Duchamp… a urinal turned on it’s side - not only did DuChamp knock sculpture off the high horse - at the same time he influenced Andy Warhol and countless other Pop Artists to give deeper meaning to every day objects.

    The best way I’ve found to explain art to the uninitiated is to relate it to music: just as there are movements in music (i.e. grunge, boy band explosion, new wave…), there are movements in the art world. I’ve seen a lot of people have the “A Ha!” moment when I break it down in that fashion.

    Great series Brad - I’m looking forward to reading more!

  • Brett Henley

    Amen on all points. Good luck!

  • bradblackman

    Thanks Beth. I had never thought about the link between visual art movements and popular music. Dada’s subversion was revived by John Lennon and later became as Punk music. Surrealism obviously influenced prog rock — from their music to their album covers. Not sure if there’s an analog for other movements and pop, but the cycles are definitely similar especially as the movements have picked up strong visual styles. Thanks for sharing that.