Exhibitions / PublicationsPosted by Frederico Penteado Tue, July 24, 2012 17:01:52 Young artists Akihiro Ysugi, Satoshi Saegusa, Frederico Penteado, Dan
Proops, Ga Kook-Hyun, Jung Mi-Jung and Un Jin Moon... Along with the
latest works from the Korean contemporary ink master Hur Jin will be
presented to you by Moon Gallery.
The picture on the left is a cheap plastic statue by Damien Hirst currently in front of Tate Modern advertising its six-month long exhibition in this respectable art gallery. The picture on the right is an anatomic children´s toy that can be purchased on-line for £18.
I appreciate the money making cunning of philistines like Hirst and Serota but honestly....Im sure many dictators would appreciate their efforts to make a society where general population is totally impaired to art stimuli and respond only to kitsch and utterly uninspired objects.
ArchivePosted by Frederico Penteado Thu, April 19, 2012 17:02:14 Today, Lu Ming, a tutor, approached me with a very particular request. She wants to know if I can get her any resource, books, websites about the subject of creativity. "The students and tutors are low in creativity", she added.
I agreed to help her since I could not do anything else to such poignant although naive request.
The definition of creativity itself is very difficult and proves to be an epic task. There may be plenty of books about creativity by philosophers, psychologists, neurologists, theorists of all kinds but all of them fail, I risk guessing, to give a final answer to that question. There is the also the question if "creativity" really exists, since it might mean that we "create" as if we would do something from nothing like gods, or if we rather "discover" new things, new perspectives that somehow were already there.
Whatever the answer may be one thing is for sure: creativity implies disobedience, non-conformity to the rule, the upsetting of established views and norms. It also implies a high degree of individual autonomy, a freedom that those creating grant to themselves. That is why Plato expelled the Poet from his autocratic utopia, the Republic, because the Poet upsets the order, he invents things, he imagines.
And of course there is no formula to turn someone into a "creative person". It is my opinion that it cannot be taught or demanded but only stimulated, fostered, given space to roam.
Fish grow according to the size of their aquariums: we cannot expect to have a shark inside a bowl of water. Or grow a forest within a fenced and roofed garden.
I have little idea how to help her, apart from pointing my own efforts with my students, but I will try.
ArchivePosted by Frederico Penteado Wed, February 22, 2012 08:34:28 A small extract of Henan TV news where I am offered a traditional paper cut artwork made by students of the university on the National Teachers day. I find amusing my minor celebrity status and I cannot but have an inside giggle when I see this. But this also shows how warmly welcomed I was in China in stark contrast with the indifference and sometimes disregard, (with few exceptions), I face in the West. To my resentment, in Europe I am often treated as good for nothing. In here at least I have been given the personal reward of being able to transmit to young people some of my skills and knowledge. Bless them.