Wednesday, September 13, 2006

LOVE COLOURS

Do you ever stop and think about how much is a child's painting worth?

As artists we have no-one to blame but ourselves. Censorship comes entirely and remorselessly from within, from within ourselves, as you yourself stand in the way of your own work. No-one else does. Why would they? I do love to be loved yet I'll take on anyone who tries to prevent me from doing what I want to do because I only care if you care.

7 comments:

Nikolas said...

Hey William,

Florian Hecker directed me to your blog, and I'm really glad he did. I like your meditations and asides, really great, compelling and provocative. A refreshing discovery. Oh, and your observation on auto-censorship is absolutely true, only the self dictates constraints...Kill your Oblivion, Shock Yourself True et al...

Thanks and hope this finds you well,

Nick.x

William Bennett said...

thanks so much, Nick, good to hear from you, W.

Nikolas said...

Yeh, thanks for your welcome amigo. I'm a firm subscriber to the idea of autonomous pragmatism - we ultimately answer only to ourselves, so censorship is a bullshit smokescreen and ultimately counterproductive in that as a constraint it fuels creativity rather than mutes it... But yeh, essentially, all constraints are self-imposed...based entirely on how we react to whatever circumstances, and with what degree of resourcefulness...hehe...

Take care and be well,

Nick.xx

KOSA_838 said...

I agree. A lot of artist seem to take into account the lowest common denominator of people's tolerance, then, using that as a base, decide to become "provacative" from there. Children express themselves without censorship for the most part. They have yet to form a predatory sexuality so what they make is "innocent". If an artist truly creates something that reflects their ideals, then they should't care what others think, or what friends they may lose. I think that one of the best aspects of "art", is that the designer always takes into account their intended audience, even to simply anger or sadden them.

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SYpHA_69 said...

Well, I think one of the worst things an artist can do is create something with an expected audience in mind. Bret Easton Ellis likened writing to masturbation and selfishness, a sentiment I can support. There should be something in it that borders on solipisism, so that the true voice (whatever that is) can shine forth. Or am I being idealistic?

Dan said...

Chhildrens' art is wonderful. Recently I've been looking at a lot of childrens' photography too, and trying to learn/unlearn stuff from that.