Eaten Any Good Art Lately?

Jun 15, 2011 by

I usually don’t post anything so obviously related to the title, but I’m really quite poor at trying to think abstractly, and a more “artistic” metaphor doesn’t spring to mind when watching this film. Suffice it to say, if you’re an art and/or digital media teacher, and you work with teenagers or students at the secondary level, this video is for you!

Ostensibly, the film by Leo Verrier is a tribute to Jackson Pollock, but I think there’s a deeper message that any art teacher could use in the classroom; is art and media simply something we “consume” as a culture, or partake in as a living breathing part of our cultural identity? I find that Vimeo is full of these gems, as the community surrounding Vimeo is much more artistically inclined (or at least the curators of the site are) than the community over at YouTube. It’s a treasure trove of high quality media and artistic design, and any digital or fine arts teachers should really be looking through from time to time to explore the “snacks” it has to offer.

3 Comments

  1. That’s great. I don’t know if it’s an accurate portrayal of J. Pollack (and I mean that as in I’m pretty sure he didn’t steal paintings or eat them) but it’s an interesting visual concept of “consuming art.”

    Very cool video.

    • I agree, it’s not meant to be an accurate portrayal of Pollock, and the credits do point out it’s an homage. I think it speaks highly to what Jackson did with his art though…not satisfied with the consumption of the typical “classics”, he went out on his own to create something fulfilling for himself.

  2. but I think there’s a deeper message that any art teacher could use in the classroom; is art and media simply something we “consume” as a culture, or partake in as a living breathing part of our cultural identity?

    I think it really depends on the person. People interested in (creating) art probably see it as part of their life/identity. But I think for most people these days art is indeed just another consumer product…

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