Paintings by Dianne Mize

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010


I remember my early days as an art student in the sixties when artists, critics and historians no longer valued art accessible to the person on the street.  In fact, an art student whose painting showed any signs of realism was scoffed at.   Our predecessors and our heroes had broken through the realistic image, fragmented it and cast it aside as an interference in the creative process.  Drawing and painting students were commanded to be inventive without being descriptive.   So what were they teaching us?

Rebellion breeds more rebellion.  Decades before us artists had rebelled against academic training, against the academies that shut them out when their work failed to follow criteria of those in control of exhibitions, of the public's attitude.  And just like today, public attitude reinforced whatever trend had been settled on as progress.  Artists who rebelled against those attitudes formed their own followings, sometimes strong enough for mainstream critics to morph their standards to fit into whatever they saw as the new art direction.

So without knowing it in the sixties--the era of rebellion--our art schools were, by default, teaching us to rebel.  A few of us unhappy with how we had been taught to think slowly--over the decades to follow-- took our rebellion as our mission and found ways to train ourselves in techniques and composition and an appreciation for what our eyes see. 

Enjoy your Tuesday.



Lovely words and oh so true Dianne!
Thank you for your voice.

Dale said...

The same thing happened in the music world — serialism and atonality — and in the upper reaches of theatre. I think I am probably better off not having been successful in getting into either of those structures in the mid-70s, because my whole being would have rebelled against both. On the other hand, "Lyles" might be right up there with "Glass" and "Adams" at this point. :)

Judy said...

So true--I had no idea someone could teach "how to draw" and gave up in frustration because nothing I drew looked right to me. They just told me to use bigger brushes---

Judy Warner