Good day, kiddies, and welcome to our final class in How to Speak Artz. Today’s topic is a delightfully gratuitous one-Censorship. Now, in my opinion, one can only make this topic more cliché by presenting this sentence, ‘I know this is a sensitive subject’.
Unfortunately (or not), if you are planning on learning to speak the Artz, you will encounter censorship more often than not. Therefore, our final lesson shall be centred on how to defend yourself against censorship. Put away your Art for Dummies novellas, pick up your ascots (or nooses), and follow me.
Censorship is a tough opponent in that she shares the many faces of Sybil. However, censorship is a little easier to beat with the ugly stick if you know which stick to use. In order to thrown down in a censorship argument, you pretty much have one option: Research. Learn the word, employ the work, and incorporate your new knowledge into your Art-y conversations.
Research is often the way to overcome almost any trial or tribulation. The more knowledge you have about a subject the higher your advantage is when speaking about a piece of Art (or life in general, kinda). Employing the work necessary to gain knowledge is actually quite fascinating; at least that’s been my knowledgably un-censorshipped experience. Working to gain an education about a piece of Art can be accomplished by the traditional books & rag-mags, venturing out to a gallery space, or, if you’re fortunate enough, a chitty-chat with the Artist. Once you’ve gathered the weapons and experiences you deem necessary, head on out and state your affairs.
While researching, you should remember that your opinion is the most important. You’re the one who will have to explain why a piece of Art makes you feel specific emotions. You’re also the one who will take away all the colours, lines, textures, and overall feel from a work. Surely, the Artist is always right in his or her description about their Art, but they are also the ones who laid all the cards on the table and presented their work to the world. Once presented, an Artist’s work is yours to judge, draw meaning from, research to unveil the Artist’s own meaning, and then formulate a new and perhaps final opinion.
Obviously, it goes without saying that everyone within our great human race has their own unique opinions, and yours is just as valid as anyone else. The tricky part of speaking the Artz is when conversations are begun without research and opinions turn defensive because there is no background. Enter censorship.
Personally, I’ve never been pals with censorship in Art or in any other aspect of my life. I prefer to think I appreciate others’ opinions and hope I can gain the same respect over to them. Having a couple seven or eight years of Art school under my star-studded belt, I can pretty much hold an Art critique or conversation while creating hors de oeuvres anytime. Modestly, there are a few things I’m tops at and researching Artistic backgrounds to fake like I know what I’m speaking about is right up there on my list of awesomenesses.
Basically, each one of us has a ‘job’ to perform and no one employment should be held above another. The truth that I would like to be an Artist, take chances in my work, and showcase whatever I’ve learned is probably just as groovy as the Stockbrokings, School Teachings, and being on the Lamb. My ending advice, Class, is to hold off on censoring Art, research why & if it makes you uncomfortable (or comfortable), and use your findings to sound like the smarty-pantez you are.