Erik de Castro Lopo wrote:
Thanks for your reply, that's a question to which I can reply sensibly.
I'm have to take care thought that I'm not mixing things up. Art,
talent, craftsmanship, skills...
I just don't like what he's doing, that's right. And that's what I used
as my standing ground. Not good. But it provoked a good discussion, so
it wasn't in vain.
Personally for me art is something that spawned from a creative process,
that is a display of someone's talent and that has an original approach.
That's right, couldn't agree more.
Those are all skills, except for the composing and lyrics parts.
So it's commercially interesting enough for a big company to endorse
him. For me that has got nothing to do with art and talent and to me
your conclusion seems wrong.
I'd like to point out that even though I don't like what the guy is
doing I'm the last one to admit he isn't good at what he's doing. The
way he masters his equipment is certainly admirable and yes, he's a good
vocalist. But for me this is not so much art as eeeehhhmmm, what's a
good example, Barnett Newman
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnett_Newman) maybe. That's the first
example that comes up in my mind. Which brings up another aspect of art,
at least for me, it provokes certain emotions. Either because it was the
intention of the artist or because the artist chose an unconventional
way of displaying his talent.
And that is something the guy in the video doesn't do. His choice of
music and the way he expresses it are very conventional, even so
conventional that a big company wants to endorse him. It also makes me
doubt the motives of this guy, does he consider he's own work as art or
does he want to make a living out of it? Making a living out of it means
compromises. Compromises and art don't go together I think. Art should
originate from the artist, unhindered by any compromises (when thinking
about this Lady GaGa pops up in my mind, she is the contrary to what I
just said and a good subject on discussing the statement I just made
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