Monday, April 27, 2009

Children's Art - The Great Cliché

Over at his blog Mathias Svalina just posted some interesting thoughts about the phrase "Emerging Writers" (accompanied by some nice pictures).

The following phrase caused me to knee-jerk.

"But actual kids write & draw the most profound art there is & only through education are they forced into the social blinders."

--- isn't this a bit of a cliché? Or a lot of a cliché?

Do 'actual kids' actually write and draw the 'most profound art'?

Screw kids! The most profound art comes from grownups who're able to shed or shred or ignore or put aside or whatever those social "binders"

(today it seems I am playing the Blake Butler Grouch)


Reb said...

Clearly you have not read Gideon's brilliant poem:

Top that, grandpa.

Ross Brighton said...

One could see the production of "the most profound art" (ggggah - it make me feel weird just typing that) by "grownups who're able to shed or shred or ignore or put aside or whatever those social 'binders'" as a kind of manifestation of the "becoming-child" advocated by Nietzsche - but that's a stretch. Kids' art tends to consist of networks of symbols experimented with in order to attempt representation, ie a kind of 'm'ish thing for a bird, a circle with lines coming off it for the sun, a thing that looks like abstracted broccoli for a tree etc....

Radish King said...

Profound art comes from artists who have profound insight and have lived profound art. I have made this argument before, but listen to a 9 year old prodigy play Beethoven. Nice, technically perfect maybe even, but there is no passion, no breath, no weight of having lived.

Rauan Klassnik said...

i'm with you both, Ross and Radish,... and Reb, Reb, Reb, Reb!
what can i say, Reb?