I Could Do That

This is a brilliant video from PBS Digital Studios that examines the common reaction to at least some artwork: I could do that, or, my 4 year old could do that.

There has probably always been a cultural bias favoring things that are made that require obvious technical skill and practice (and maybe what we call “talent”). Of course, just because someone has skill, doesn’t mean that the things they make will be useful or aesthetically pleasing. Being able to draw realistically is a great skill but choosing what to draw is just if not more important.

Same with photography: knowing how to adjust the camera to get a perfectly exposed image doesn’t in any way give you the skill to point the camera in the right direction and push the shutter button at the right time.

And, in this world of social media and popularity contests, just because something is popular online doesn’t mean it’s a work of art. On the other hand, not all works of art that are put on a pedestal deserve to remain on their pedestals.

Oh boy…

[via PetaPixel]

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