My random assortment of awesome pictures and words.
This drawing is selfconscious of its future existence online.
When I make a drawing, I know that I will scan it and post it on the web. I know that vertical pieces work better on the blog than rectangular ones. I want the text ot be legible on your screen, so I adjust it on paper accordingly. All of these things affect what I make, yet I am still making a physical (offline) object. I haven’t (yet) succumbed to creating my works digitally.
Most artwork is experienced on a screen now. Thanks to the internet, we can see way more art than ever before, but I’ll bet we spend less time in galleries than ever before (I hope I’m wrong about that). And I wonder how much artists are changing what they make, knowing that their work will be viewed mostly online rather than in person.
Play is so good for you, especially if you are doing anything creative. We have two kids, so we are constantly reminded of the benefits.
I drew this in my sketchbook, was happy with it, then tried to draw it larger on nicer paper, and it didn’t look as good. The magic that comes from the spontaneity of a sketch can sometimes be lost when trying to do a good copy. So I scanned my sketchbook.
This is a mix of ideas I’ve had for a while. The diamond is a re-occurring element in my work, and usually I refer to it as a cubic zirconia, which is a fake jewel, fake luxury, pretending, etc. My work is often about identity, and the things we wear and do in order to come across a certain way. So much of our behaviour is pretending, or role-playing. I certainly see that when I walk the streets of the city, watching people strut around like peacocks. And I definitely saw that in the corporate world. Basically I find all of it kind of crazy, to put it simply. Also, an upsidedown diamond makes for an interesting letter ‘A’.
Artists are always making decisions in their work arbitrarily, and this is basically me celebrating that. In a world full of seriousness, where even most creative fields are geared toward serious purposes like marketing and selling and getting you to do something (vote for this guy, buy that soap, press this button, take that exit off-ramp, etc.), it’s liberating to make something in a certain way… just because. -Marc Johns
I’ve got a number of thoughts about this one. It is a popular notion that the artist is merely a channel through which a higher power creates and expresses itself. Heavyweights like Picasso have endorsed this notion. But what if the artist got it all wrong, and misinterpreted God’s intentions, and created one nonsensical work after another? Or, what if God is simply unintelligible, or is being deliberately (annoyingly) vague and abstract? Those are the scenarios I’d like to explore, because, well, they’re pretty funny. Oh, and I get to blame a higher-power/deity/wisdom-of-the-universe for the weird stuff I end up drawing on paper. -Marc Johns
"Creative urges don’t always make sense. Mine sure don’t. And if I ever questioned them, well, there wouldn’t be any drawings on this blog.
Sometimes I don’t know what a drawing is about until I’ve finished it, scanned it, uploaded it, and posted it here.” -Marc Johns, from his website