Friday, May 11, 2007

Good Art Won't Match Your Sofa

I remember seeing this t-shirt years ago in Dallas. I regret not buying it. What it says speaks to many a frustration I have with the general public's opinions on art. I was listening to an art podcast on my way into work this morning and they were talking about a website (that I haven't found yet) that lets you pick art by color, theme, etc. In other words, finding a piece of art to match your sofa. Arrrgh! C'mon people! Art is so much more than that. It defies definition. It dwells deep down in the soul of man and, when it feels like it, it spurts to the top like an oil geyser and manifests itself in the real world. I don't know how to describe it but I do know won't match your sofa! If anything, you should buy stuff for your house that matches your art. That's what Sarah and I do.
Anyway, the t-shirt design is by Fred Babb. Check it out. I also like the shirt that says, "Go to your studio and make stuff."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Playing devil's advocate on this comment is that a venue for approachable art that encourages those who might otherwise be intimidated by the thought of purchasing art in a gallery and might not otherwise get involved in the art world could be a viable alternative. Not that art should be purchased on what matches your furniture as furniture changes and good art is timeless. There is a new site out there that shares the belief that art doesn't have to be taken so seriously and that it is ok to buy art soley on the fact that you like the way it looks. This is how many people make the decision. And buying original art for whatever the reason is betters our culture as long as it takes people away from framed art posters and all of the other massed produced duplications. The prices of the art is also affordable and it looks to be adding any artists who share this belief. Check it out at The name itself doesn't necessarily encourage art purchase soley on if it matches your sofa but provides the overall approach that the artworld doesn't have to be so serious.