Paintings by Catherine Ryan.
Proposed rules for 2009, for the promotion of things fresh and banishment of trends cliche:
– no animals (and definitely no animal heads on humans)
– no pyramids, be careful with floating triangles
– no raybans
– no star fields
– no grainy grayscale gradients
– use neons and magenta in moderation
come on, friends! we can do this! (and please feel free to add your own rules)
catherine’s not such a bad offender; the first painting just set me off on something I was already thinking about.
i’d personally like to banish proposed rules for artwork.
right on, that’s a pretty good one! kind of absurdist but that’s fine.
(come on, can we not poke a little fun? =)
Its a bit late to imply rules on 2009…
Wow – Beautiful work.
I have to admit when I first saw the post I thought ANOTHER PYRAMID?! But then look at the crazy cool bear on top! Plus the last two blew me away. I think the proposed rules are hilarious–I am so sick of seeing antlers on humans, but hey I’m sure there is someone out there that could take even that trend and make it look fresh, ahhh, art.
if some of the posts are similar that may be because the are all chosen by jeff,(hello) who will have certain preferances (which are, by the sounds of it, different to yours).
Just because there is a large colectcion of alike artwork all in one place that does not mean all artwork is like that.
Also, it is possible to appreciate something even if you dont like it.
i am really interested in this list of “fresh things” – what is on there, fill me in. i didn’t realise animals were so 2008.
that’s a good point, emily. though it’s not even about liking the work. it’s a lightly tongue-in-cheek challenge to all of us trend-followers to buck laziness.
i like a lot of work that jeff posts, definitely! that’s why I come here. however, it’s tiresome to see so many repeated themes and symbols in (IMO) otherwise good work.
“things fresh” is an ever-changing list (though not actually) of things that don’t look like things i’ve seen before, of course. often they involve some contemporary attitude or topical subject.
Jeff, I really like this site and appreciate all the work you do. Perhaps I didn’t choose the best topic for my first (I think?) post.
i do know what you mean, though, adam. sometimes i see some of the bleak photographs and find them a bit same-y
-the horses with wigs were definitely fresh!
the horses with wigs photos were so fresh! that’s a great example of using something trendy but taking it someplace new.
it’s a good topic of discussion but what it really comes down to is your statement is really a critique of the things i post.
keep in mind there is always every kind of art being created everyday, i am just choosing to show a certain kind of art (there is a kind of analog/low-tech hand-madeness to the things i like).
it comes off arrogant and ignorant to say hey let’s not do these things anymore because i think they’ve been done too much and let’s do these other things (all of which could just as easily be considered cliche/over-done).
people waste so much time trying to figure out what other people will like (or what’s new) instead of just making things. in a commercial setting you have to make what other people like but “art” exists regardless.
if you’re tired of the things you just listed its because you’re looking at too much of it, not because there is too much of it being created.
in the grand scheme of things the amount of work being produced with floating triangles and star fields in it is soooo small (there isn’t enough of it in my opinion) i just happen to collect less-mainstream (if i can call it that) work and post it here.
i could just as easily go to conceptart.org and say “hey guys enough with the dragons and naked chicks and chicks riding naked dragons already, fantasy art is so cliche”. but that wouldn’t be the problem, the problem would be that i don’t like fantasy art and i’m complaining on a fantasy art messageboard.
more animals please.
but is this a triangles and animal heads blog? I’d say not. Rather it’s a well-curated art and design blog, unified by a hand-made quality. And I like that. When you go to concept-art.org you KNOW you’re going to see chicks and dragons. When I come here I’m not sure what I’ll see except that whatever it is will probably possess a certain sensibility.
This is real interesting:
“if you’re tired of the things you just listed its because you’re looking at too much of it, not because there is too much of it being created.”
It might be more accurate to say that I’m *seeing* too much of it. “Looking” has an active connotation — but I’m not seeking out these things. There’s no gradients-in-triangles.com. Maybe there’s a trendwhores.com but I’m not going there. I’m looking at ffffound, booooooom, dropular and a bunch of others. Naturally I’m seeing a lot of the flavor-of-the-week. I think my original post is just calling for a new flavor.
And I thought I was being just a little funny.
oh, and I disagree with this:
“keep in mind there is always every kind of art being created everyday”
or I disagree with it being used as a kind of defense for your posts because I wasn’t commenting on the *kind* of art being created, just the cheap trendy subjects used therein.
jeff, hope you enjoyed your trip to NY!
then why don’t you stop complaining and make “fresh” artwork.
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