Saturday, February 15, 2020

Quote of the Day (Painter Lincoln Perry, on the Smartphone’s Impact on Art Teaching)

“When photography was invented, it was often claimed that painting from life would wither, and a new, exotic plant would grow….Something more insidious has happened; a generation has grown up mistaking photography for reality. Assigned to draw a still life in a friend’s drawing class, a student walked in, leaned over the set up and quickly, casually, snapped a picture on his phone. ‘I’ll do it at home,’ he explained on the way out the door. This sums up, for me, a ghastly devolution of life itself. I find it unlikely this kid will ever have the queasy experience of leaning over the yawning gap between breathing forms, the bodily integration and disorientation in space. Why? Because experience has literally been flattened out for him. The magnificent writhe, pulse and pull of form and gravity has safely been reduced to a small, flat sadness….[W]e no longer draw immersed in being, responding to the flow and curve of physicality. We passively eat a pre-packaged visual meal.”—American painter Lincoln Perry, “Guest Column: Is Drawing Dead?”, Salmagundi, Winter-Spring 2018

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