Entry #2

My foundation

2014-06-05 07:07:11 by mematron

Here's an excerpt from a reply that I made concerning my work.  At the time I felt it incumbent of me to break it down.  The following is part of what makes me tick.  I feel it very important to know the artists' mission before providing a meaningful and fair critique of their work.  That mission can change from piece to piece but in my case, my mission is always the same.  

"For me, concept is more important than technique. Hell, I have all the techniques down. Once you get passed that it's about applying your skills to make something new. There are a ton of really good concept artists on this board and on a few notable others, that kick serious ass but most of them are not doing it for a living. That blows excessive amounts of goat.

I don't think it's hard to find good artists. I feel it's hard to find artists that stand out from the flock.

My early college art teachers were fine artists. The rest of them - comprised of biologists, astronomers, engineers, programmers, writers, actors, illustrators, animators, sculptors, industrial designers, psychologists, astrophysicists, musicians, philosophers, architects, video editors, network engineers and the list goes on.

What I know about life. This very finite existence humanity has been blessed with, is that no matter what you do, always do it from the heart. If your integrity is based on monetary gain then you are weak. Why, because monetary systems are transitory. Your strength is tied to too many moving parts. That makes you weak because you have no center.

Nothing wrong with money. If your goal is to make a s#%*¥! ton of money and you succeed then you are a success. Some put me in that category. But, check this out. It was never about the money. It was always about the art.
If you want to be an artist, BE AN ARTIST. Be warned, art is powered by love and passion. If you are lacking in any those qualities you will fail. Anyone can learn technique. Some people are naturals at certain styles and techniques. But being an artist is perpetual. You were born that way. It's as natural as blinking. Once you tap into that nothing else will matter. You will be in the driver seat, being able to go wherever and whenever you want.

This is what's behind everything, EVERYTHING that I do."


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2014-12-22 14:51:37

IS being an artist perpetual? I used to consider myself one, though setting up and filming action, then putting the bits together, is nothing like what goes on here (except for maybe the audio Portal; music can be made by lots of cutting n pasting, and still be original). Anyway, that was a long time ago, 15 years... and like you, I considered concept/context more valuable than how I did it (with stone knives and bear skins/linear videotape and optical techniques).

Dunno why I said all that, but felt that this newspost has been unduly ignored...

(Updated ) mematron responds:

I think that our creativity make us artists. I suppose that you could say that we are all artists. I believe that art is energy and can being potential or kinetic. It's a choice to tap into that power and it's perpetually at our disposal.


2015-03-10 18:59:41

Damn dude, I like this sort of thing. It's awesome that you're so gripped into doing this from the heart, I really admire that. I myself have been having a hard time with that lately. I get a lot of self-doubt from doing art, and I wonder if that makes me weak? Some days I want to just not do art anymore. I feel like I've lost that passion behind it all.

I get really self-conscious about my motivations behind the artwork I create. I feel like I'm doing it because I want to. I feel like I'm doing it because I want to improve and get better, for myself. But then, I post things places, and sometimes I expect a certain reaction (note, not saying what kind of reaction). Although, when no reaction really happens, I notice I get upset and discouraged. Then I realize, maybe subconsciously I was doing it for the wrong reasons to begin with.

Makes me wonder some days if I'm doing it all for the wrong reasons or not, you know?

mematron responds:

Everything has purpose. You just need to decide for which purpose you're working for.