TI have just finished a most marvellous book,  ‘Think like an artist’ by Will Gompertz.  I have mentioned him before in the context of his other book about art history. I think its brilliant. Sometimes I tweet him to fawn. I do hope he doesn’t think I’m a stalker.

Anyway, reading this marvellous book has led me to some thoughts. I am going to be working some of them up a little bit more for my MA but here are some outlines. It would be interesting to see what you guys 

  • I will be Focussing on the importance of rigour and decision-making in the creation of an idea, piece, whatever. I Iam familiar with logical analysis from my scientific days. Gompertz  quotes Socrates. I wants to be able to quote Socrates which means I’m going to have to read him!, The principle of logical analysis is highly attractive to me and hopefully will apply some kind of discipline to my ideas. God knows, they need some.
  • Tie that in to my existing  ideas of classification and data analysis. So, start off with the chaos of collection of data, then ordering using classification techniques and then applying rigour in the choosing of data and  of inspiration. The idea being that applying all this to previously chaotic scenes will  unleash the creativity/flow.
  • Thinking about how this will then translate into my next show at the University. Developing the previous installation : so sticking with the idea of projection, light and movement against traditional surface but I think I could extend to more than one plane. 
  • Towards the end of the book, there is a discussion around see Notion that all art schools teach you how to think rather than what to think. Isn’t that just the same as physics? When you think about doing a proof or a research point, isn’t that just the same as exploring an idea using Socrates? That’s something to think about a little further but if you accept that  life is a process and experience is accumulated to get to your current position, then it makes perfect sense.
  • Think about the experience I have had around job interviews and second-guessing bosses and fitting into an existing corporate framework. Compare that with art students and The assumption they will be self-employed. Think about the post modem generation again, one size fits all does not work, everything is personalised. So why can’t you personalise your gallery experience? Why can’t you make your own show, your own point of view, your own experience? That is the idea I would like to expand upon when I do my year end degree show. 

Lots to consider. I better make a plan. 


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