Heather Dimarco

But is it Art?

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                                                                But is it Art 

But is it art? Yes I do think all most anything can be called Art however whether it is a good work of art is up to each individual that views it and responses to it. I disagree with most of Brian Sewell’s article as I do not think that all great art works should be of traditional style and that the same set of rules should be applied to judge whether it is of any quality or not. I think if this were so all art would just look the same and there would be no questioning or challenging the work. I think that this is a very important part of making art works as to whether an individual likes or not it is a personal response as it is to make the art work is a very personal process.  I think this showed even in the past as most or all of the great artists and art movements were not understood in there time and caused much controversy by pushing certain barriers and questioning what is art?  My idea of what art is continuously changes. I think before I started HND public art I would have agreed with the arguments put forward by Brian Sewell but I think this is because I did not give conceptual art a chance and dismissed it before really taking the time to appreciate the work or thought behind it. I therefore did not have any understanding of what contemporary artists were trying to achieve. I still do not understand all or even most contemporary art but that is why I like it so much I have learned that you do not necessarily have to understand what the artist was thinking but rather your own personal response to the work is more important. I agree with Ekow Eshun article and that even if you do not like the art work or feel enraged by it, it has been a success to be able to provoke such strong emotions and challenges it can be called art. I feel contemporary artists are just trying to provoke that very question, ‘What is art?’ For example: 

 Piero Manzoni’s faeces in a can.

   Piero Manzoni “If collectors really want something intimate, really personal to the artist, there’s the artist’s own shit. That is really his.” (Piero Manzoni)  

Eve Hesse who uses empty space and voids to question life, art and the bigger picture.

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  I still believe however to be a successful artists you should be capable of the fundamental disciplines of art and have a great knowledge of previous artists and their work. This is essential to be able to learn from them and progress as who knows what future art work will be like and I’m sure will be continuously challenged and questioned.                                                                                                      

Written by heatherdimarco

August 28, 2007 at 12:49 pm

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  1. Heather… How do you feel about found art?
    There was a fairly lively debate about the School of Saatchi winning piece on my blog. Overall, I got the feeling that most contributors thought that found art was less creative/genuine than other forms of art.


    January 15, 2010 at 8:35 am

  2. Hey, you werent joking about the ‘fairly lively debate’ on you blog. i really enjoyed reading your piece and the comments made. I found it to be a really interesting debate that possibly shows how creditable a piece of artwork it was, purely because of questions and debate it evoked.

    I think that if an artwork can have this effect it must be successful in some way or another.

    Personally I thought it was the best work in the show but can understand how many seen it as a flook or just luck on Eugenie’s part. However if you did not ‘know’ Eugenie or the background of the artwork and saw this piece of work in a gallery, would there still be questioning whether this was her work or if she is a creditable artist? I often wonder this when seeing an artwork by someone you know and how it can change your perspective of the work and vise vera when you see a work by an atist unknown to you and then research the work or the artist how it can make you like the work more or less than you originally felt.
    A person i used to study with used to make great artworks but could not tell what was good or why? Does that make her a good artist, she did actually still make the work!

    I dont think found objects/art is any less creative or genuine than other forms of art but do often found it very problematic. It is no less of an artwork than something that has taken someone 6 months to make but what makes it a successful work is of more interest to me. Appropriation and authenticity is something that will always been debated when using found objects/images but this may well be an important part of the concept of the work.
    Sorry i went on a bit, i hope what i ve written makes sense. Thanks for asking.


    January 16, 2010 at 12:16 am

  3. Hey Heather, pleased to hear that you enjoyed my blog and the ‘lively’ comments. The result of the the School of Saatchi really split opinion.

    Unfortunately I’m short on time right now, but wanted to quickly write to say that I can understand your position. It’s a tough one; not convinced I wholly agree with you, but that’s allowed – right?

    Best wishes…



    January 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    • yeah course, i makes its so much more interesting that way. Any chance you are showing your work in the Embassy members show this week in Edinburgh?


      January 18, 2010 at 3:33 pm

  4. As it happens – yes.

    I only decided to submit something at the last minute. I’ve never exhibited @ Embassy before, so I don’t know quite what to expect. The painting that’s in the exhibition is ‘I have a dream’ [ http://www.dicksonbrown.com/gallery/i-have-a-dream ].

    Do you have something in the show?

    Are you going to go and check it out?



    January 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm

  5. Yeah i submitted my algorithms for the show. first time exhibiting with Embassy too. Was really strange was at the Embassy today and recognised your painting. Had just been telling one of the other girls exhibiting about your blog on the way there and walked in to see your painting.
    Are you going to the opening on firday?


    January 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm

  6. Hey Heather…

    I’m surprised that Embassy was open yesterday as I thought that the opening was on Friday night [as you mentioned].

    Is the exhibition worth going to see? How’s the lighting? Are you happy with how your piece is presented?

    I’ve got a really heavy week this week. Although it may change, at this stage I’m not convinced that I’m going to make it through on Friday, but I’ll probably get through at some point.



    January 19, 2010 at 10:38 am

  7. hey
    sorry i didnt explain that very well, the embassy was closed i asked if i could go in and paint my plinth. Think the show is good, there is alot of work to see anyway. Quite a small room for the amount of work but credit to them for making it work. I think its worth coming to have a look. Hopefully see you friday.


    January 20, 2010 at 11:55 am

  8. Ahh… I understand now Heather.

    It’s not looking likely that I’ll be able to attend tomorrow. I’ll be over on the south-side of Glasgow to pick up my sons tomorrow night [I have them for the weekend], and on top of that my father’s in hospital [Glasgow too], so I’ll be on the wrong side of the country I’m afraid.

    I’ll look out for your piece assuming that I make it through to the exhibition at some other time though.

    I hope it goes well for you!



    January 21, 2010 at 5:05 pm

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