A painting has to stand up by itself

©Stuart Bush, A section of ourselves as a commodified object, oil on aluminium panel, 80 x 120cm

Often I think a viewer looks at works of art and asks themselves why did the artist make this?

Understanding the original idea or intention of why I made it defeats my ambitions for this artwork.  Instinct led me to paint this painting.  With this question, my aims are never going to be clear.

Braque said, “the only thing that matters in art is what that cannot be explained.”

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A person viewing an artwork comes to see the work with their own unique background, knowledge, and history. Art does not have a purpose and function like a design. It is not essential to try and understand why I made this artwork. The artwork now exists on its own, and it has to stand up by itself.

Everyone sees things differently.  The best artworks in my eyes mean different things to different people.

Like Duchamp said, “the artist has only 50% of the responsibility and that is to get the work out, it is completed by the viewer.”

Creativity is instinctive, and it is buried within me.  I’m interested in this part of myself.  I am curious about exploring what I am hung up on.  I’m not in control of what comes out.

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2 thoughts on “A painting has to stand up by itself”

  1. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is great blog. A fantastic read. I’ll definitely be back.

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