Sep
2
2010

Inspiration vs. Imitation by The Me Nobody Knows

I have been inspired by a host of artist's both living and dead, whose works made me stop and think about my creative process, or how I might create art a bit differently than I had before. My work at different stages/periods  have reflected the influences of artists such as Picasso, Romare Bearden, Francesco Scavullo, Keith Haring, Basquiat, and even my friend and at times collaborative partner AVONE. I have a voracious visual appetite, soaking up everything around me like a sponge, but then spitting it out in my own unique vernacular. For Instance, recently I have been doing works on brick panels, but the inspiration came from some new works I saw from AVONE. Imitation would have been to copy the central theme of his work, the medium, and executional elements and showcase them as my own. Instead, I drew from, got inspired by what I had saw, and began creating images that resonate with my own unique voice.

Imitating, on the other hand is, well, simply replicating that which already exists, and offering little new to the conversation. Imitating is allowing the words of another to come out of your mouth as if they were your own. I have heard countless times for instance that my work "imitates" Basquiat's  (perhaps because of liberal use of the crown symbol.) Yet, I'm quite confident that a close examination and comparison of our works will show them to be quite different.  I may be a nobody, but I don't imitate, I innovate. Inspiration, pays tribute to, builds upon and advances independently in a new direction igniting new ideas and expanding the conversation along the way. Whereas imitation, simply seeks to take the path of least resistance, mimicking the already spoken, lazily reproducing the already seen. History has always shown us clear examples of both.

I hope that my career and work will show that I have walked along the path of innovation, being inspired and leaving inspiration in my wake. For history always attaches a certain nobility an honor to the innovative and creative minds who have risked failure and contempt as they've shared their own unique vision with the world. As for the imitators and imitations they produce, the history books and landfills have a special place for them as well.

- TMNK

menobodyknows.com

 

 

 

        

Sep
1
2010

September Artist of the Month - Nicholas Rocco

My name is Nicholas Rocco and I have been painting since 2003. I have been illustrating in various ways since i can remember. Art has been my outlet for my entire life. Art is not my professional life. I make very little money doing it, and keep at itbecause it makes me happy. My goal with anything i make is to be smiling at the end. When other people see my art, i just want them to smile with me. It is not my intention to use my art to express my opinions, or make some sort of statement. There are plenty of great artists using their abilities to demonstrate the possibility of deeper thought through creation. Those artists have my respect and admiration. I personally don't feel equipped to make bold or intelligent suggestions through my work. I'm just looking for a smile. No one can ever smile enough. We should all smile more.

                             

 

                      

                                

        

 

 

Aug
31
2010

Don't Miss Our Summer Contests!

   

 

I am Dara Goldstein, Assistant Brand Manager of Jerry’s Artarama, and I will be updating you with the latest and greatest with regards to our exciting contests at Jerry’s Artarama.  We are currently holding two contests ending in September. 

Our Summer Pastel Challenge ends September 15th.  Whether you prefer using soft, semi-hard, or oil pastels, you are sure to create a competitive masterpiece!  We offer a wide selection of Mungyo Gallery Soft Pastels, Semi-Hard Pastels, and Erengi Art Aspirer Oil Pastels. The first prize winner will receive a $1,000 gift card to Jerry’s Artarama.  Second prize winner will receive a Jerry’s Artarama gift card of $500.  Our third prize winner will receive a Jerry’s Artarama gift card for $250.  Plus, 25 honorable mentions will receive a Jerry’s Artarama gift card of $50 each!

Our Matisse Summer Painting Contest ends September 30th.  Using Matisse Stucture, Matisse Flow, or a combination, set your imagination free and let your colors shine! First prize winner will receive a Jerry’s Artarama gift card of $1,000.  Second prize will receive a gift card to Jerry’s Artarama for $500.  Third prize will receive a gift card to Jerry’s Artarama for $250.  Plus, once again, there will be 25 honorable mentions who will receive a Jerry’s Artarama gift card of $50 each!  As always, our contests are all free to enter so pick up your pastels and paint brushes and lets have fun!  Enter today!
 
Kind Regards,
Dara

Dara Goldstein
Division of Jerry's Artarama Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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