The Most Important Thing I learned in Art College

…the most important thing I learned from art college – apart from the fact that certain fashions are better suited to the Left Bank than South Bank – is that the fuel on which it runs is a kind of delusional arrogance. It’s the belief that both the world and people’s perceptions need to be changed, and the best way to do it is through nonsense art, nonsense words, and nonsense clothes. Twenty years ago, my middle-class peers – all white – were heavily into dreadlocks. One sculptor spent three years just melding random pieces of metal to each other. Three years.

The problem for art colleges is that genuine talent is very, very rare. And while some students accept that they’ll never be the next Francis Bacon, the majority – blindly encouraged by their tutors, despite their complete lack of talent – genuinely believe they have what it takes. Imagine your normal teen, locked away in his bedroom, railing at a world that doesn’t understand him. Now stir in the fact that the world also doesn’t understand his brick with an egg on it – entitled Love, Effort And Disappointment – and the result is a genuinely bonkers specimen.

Read the full article by Christian Adams in The Telegraph HERE.

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  2. Les says:

    How do you feel about this? Is it like this where you are?

    Les

    • Hi Les,
      There is work I like and work I don’t like. There is work I understand and work I don’t understand. The same goes for the people in the program. That will happen anywhere. One of the reasons I picked the program I’m in is that I felt it was very diverse with people from all over the world so that there wasn’t a singular style or point of view. I don’t really care as much about talent as I do about the curiosity and desire to learn and grow.

      Right now, the faculty at my program are seriously questioning their roles as art educators in a world that has changed greatly in the past few months and years:

      http://www.aphotostudent.com/?p=974

      I think the department here has been quite honest about the world we are entering upon graduating. As far as their preparing us for that world, they can’t create talent in somebody, but they can help bring to the surface whatever talent that person might have.
      So, while I thought the quote was funny and I’m sure true to the author’s experience in art college, I have not found that regarding my fellow students, “…the majority – blindly encouraged by their tutors, despite their complete lack of talent – genuinely believe they have what it takes.”

      best,
      jp

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