“All art is quite useless.” – Oscar Wilde.
In a way, I agree with this statement, and I believe it to be an important element of creating and/or consuming art. We’re talking about a multi-billion dollar industry, yet art doesn’t nourishes our bodies, doesn’t heal us when we’re sick (physically.) It does nothing to better the quality of our lives in any tangible way.
But still, art is an important part of who we are as human beings. I don’t believe there is a person on this planet who doesn’t consume art in one way or another: books, music, movies, etc.
This is why art is difficult to define, because even though I do believe that, from a pragmatic point of view, all art is quite useless, at the same time, art is our biggest achievement; it’s what defines us as individuals, as creatures capable of doing more than just eating and sleeping. Continue reading
A few months ago I had this idea. I don’t remember where I was or what I was doing, but I do remember that it felt like a very good idea. I didn’t write it down, but I didn’t forget it either.
The thing was that I wanted to build a new website. One that would act as a sort of art/culture platform for promoting young artists. Writers, painters, photographers, you name it. You know, the type of website that would review independent movies and self-published books. Continue reading
For those who have read my about/bio and never had the chance to google it, this is my favorite painting. Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, by German painter Caspar David Friedrich. Composed in 1818, it currently resides in the Kunsthalle Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany. Continue reading
Yesterday I ended up working for a few hours on covers for a few stories that I want to make available through Smashwords. As you may know, photographs of paintings whose copyright has expired are in the Public Domain. In the US, this means that any painting before 1923 is considered Public Domain.