As we spiral up the exponential tornado of technology, living ever closer with our little A.I. counterparts (yes I mean mobile devices), so does our creative expression more and more share this space with the advances in technology. Now unless you have been living in a cave for the past 15 – plus years, you would have noticed that visual art has gone through a very interesting growth during the before mentioned period. Creative tools that were once mainly available to creative professionals now have found their way comfortably onto the phones, tablets and computers (and who knows where next) of the masses and unsuspecting, unrealised artists. And as a result the damn of creativity has overflowed its walls and is cutting new veins into the land.
This is a broad subject and sometimes a very sensitive subject to artists and lovers of art alike. It has in fact repeated itself many many times in our known history, including the time that philistine Jan van Eyck dared to challenge the accepted and only “true” classical painting discipline by inventing oil paint. Oil paint surely is cheating! Well some 600 odd years later we still ponder the subject – Does the medium of expression matter? Can the tools one uses to create constitute cheating?
This is a question I will still explore more in the coming months, but I for one believe that how one uses any given tool dictates the outcome. Seems like a painfully obvious statement, and before you give me a sarcastic slow-clap, think about how many times you’ve heard someone say or insinuated to you that if they only had that great camera / better brushes / amazing application etc., they would surely be a better artist. But to grossly exaggerate my point, would a monkey with Adobe Photoshop make good art?
The catalyst for today’s discussion is the mobile art maverick Melissa Vincent. The Mississippi native uses her iPhone as her creative weapon of choice creating mesmerising, surreal impressions of her beloved Mississippi. Looking through your art today makes you the clear winner of this week’s “I want your brain for a day”. Oh and now I definitely want to see the Mississippi. I salute you.
P.S. No offence was intended towards Monkeys. Monkeys are awesome.