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listening vs. artistic independence January 29, 2007

Posted by rj juarez in art, content, opinions, studies.
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perhaps “listen” is such a powerful concept placed inside the box of this six letter word. perhaps for people who don’t, such a concept doesn’t exist. maybe there is this non-conformist part of me which makes me listen less and be continually bullish with my own thoughts. and my record of not loosing (though not necessarily earning much) blindly pushes me to non-conformity. i get a certain hype when people tell me that its wrong and not doable (a hype to do it more). kaya i’m having a prob now on interpreting my gf’s view of stopping this used sanitary napkin art (see www.accumosaic.com).  because she knows my non-conformist personality and might just not mean it in toto but rather further motivate me..hehehe or perhaps i’m a person who really don’t listen.. i have observed that the more people believe on things they previously thought not doable the more i get demotivated to do it. i love people to despise me, to not listen, to hate and to be angrily nerve wracked (hala..im giving some people a clue). it motivates me more. and because of that thought-process and some successes with it. it makes me a non-conformist hard headed bullish non-listener. sometimes i feel that it’s wrong. for example, i like this hard wood frames coz for my taste it looks great and has an aesthetic value! im forcing this thought to people and have been continually explaining its diference with popular polystyrene frames. ofcourse there are some people who actually liked it but i continually didn’t listen to more of people’s opinions. opinions like:

1. “it looks great aesthetically but its too big for our home.”

2. “it looks affordable but our budget could not afford it.”

3. “it looks heavy and non-minimalist for modern homes.”

4. “wow, it takes a long to make!”

5. “we can’t preview the finish product since it’s custom-made”

6. “its too flaunting for a conservative illongo home”

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 i did not listen to these because i believed so much on what i think and believed that i could sway people to my thoughts. in reality, i may have shifted some expectations and provided new options but its non compatible to most people’s homes, ceiling height, purchasing power. its big, lengthy and a lot of other nega things. sometimes i hate my idea of being in business “to learn than earn”. i wanted to learn if i could really push what i wanted to the market instead of listening into the market. and i got what i wanter by earning less. if i just listened with the polystyrene thing it would have earned me more. but for the past 5 months, i did not. just today. businesswise it costs less, its faster to make (20 minutes or so), it has a lot of variety (since plastic moulds are used), it will provide higher margin ratios, it’s not heavy, it can be transported easily, no need for personnel assistance and most of all it will fit in with the designs of a regular home of the target market. so foolish of me to push on what i like and not hear what the market wants. i would like to give some other examples on its effect on my personal life but i’m too tired of seing in my face all my foolishness.

the “dinagyang” commission January 25, 2007

Posted by rj juarez in art, commissions, finished work, mosaic.
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iloilo city, philippines is known for the trembling of the drum beats and active street performances of warrior tribes in a ground breaking fashion (that’s a word by word metaphore).  actually, just mock warriors and not real ones performed mostly by the city’s students.  it’s a tourism spectacle every 3rd week of january, just days before chinese new year.  i guess this was scheduled to pump up the local economy at its weakest point.  usually mondays.  great artists (in the previous entries they were described) are going down their solitary fortresses to share their art pieces (like warrior custumes, back drops, etc).  people who want to concentrate on solitary pursuit of art excellence not known by the pop culture group!  here are some pictures from dinagyang 2005

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as to my contribution, i made a large photo collage.  i actually forgot the size.  nearest guess is 10ft x 14ft for the city government and sm city iloilo mall.  it is placed on the stairs of the back parking entry way near ace hardware.  here are some photos.  i just hope that i’ll have the time to take some clicks.

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www.accumosaic.com! January 24, 2007

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accumosaic is ecstatic to have its official site, www.accumosaic.com up.  it is still presently in development.  adding more content to the portfolio page and ironing out the online payment facility options.  thanks for the friends who reviewed the site and offered insights on content revisions, general aesthetics and approach.

who defines what’s art? January 23, 2007

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i was supposed to title this, “who the hell defines art?”.

who really does?  i have posted this in several forums and again it confused me.  people will tend to answer what sounds intelligent and what sounds right.  answers like “art is in the eye of the beholder”, “art can not be defined in words” or “art is a very subjective topic for people” can sound a very good definition for less conflicts with everyone.  its the universal choice the fits the billing of everyone.  i was hoping that it was the definition accepted by our divisive societies.  but no one buys art from someone just good with no name.  its reality.

in reality, everyone seems to have his own view of art and not a universal definition as above statements suggests.  this individuality in opinion is often reflected in the pecking order of the art scene and people on top of the pecking order has a lot of weight in what they say.

who are these people who defines art?

1.  art critics for example says what’s great and what’s not (ofcourse opinions are often coated with money). 

2.  experienced/old artists (not elevated to the status of greatness) will kill off every definition and will challenge the new waves of artists!  ofcourse for their own good.

3.  the art collectors, often people with high influence in society will also affect the definition greatly.  using common sense, they will shift the definition of art to those made way before by an already dead artist and despise the new exciting artforms created by the new ones they don’t control.

4.  societal expectations i guess is more of a factor than the aesthetics of art.  even if the artwork looks great, if it has been labeled “made in china” and has been produced massively it wouldn’t be an artform in most societies.  people for example has a blind belief that art is solely appreciated on aesthetics.  and why do an aesthetically mass produced piece not an art?  i guess its still an art if its something new to the senses however not “artistically valued” by a market.

5.  so market defines art now.  this is such a hard pill to chew.  upon talking to art experts, critics, mainstays and indifferents i saw that the artworld acts in the same way like market forces.  as an artist, it is a hard pill to chew.  artists will always talk about the experience, the innovation, the technique, the emotional drama that influence the process and so on to an art buyer (or to me for some instance when they dont know me yet).  but most (if not all) the popular ones, when talking among colleagues talk of cost, marketing, advertising, presence, material substitutes, art gallery positioning, brand image among other things.

as a young kid, i was amazed and was even shocked.  the really good artists who doesn’t know the marketing stuff above will surely die unrecognized in isolation.  it is such a dog eat dog industry forcing the most favorable definition to the person above the pecking order.  its more of critiquing other works than appreciating.

and so i guess the proper billing of the proposed titile is right, who the “hell” defines art!?

blood-stained sanitary napkins as an artpiece? January 22, 2007

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as always, everything in our projects starts out in a joke.  we jokingly tell hard to please people about this possibility with conviction (as if we are not really joking!hehehe).  when they finally believe on it we suddenly ask ourselves, “are we really joking?”.  look at the photo below.

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the photo shows a regular sanitary napkin tumbling around city streets.  i haven’t actually smelled one since women try to dispose of it as discretely as possible.  i’m thinking of drying this first with the help of our environment beareau here and then cutting the pieces off and placing it on the center of a cube fiberglass mould.  a clear mixture will air-seal it and voila its not smelly anymore.  i’ll then start stacking and designing it.

that’s the technical and artistic part!  but will these create social drama?  i hope so (just enough to create a stir) but not too much that i will be rallied on by women’s group advocates.  as to your opinion, is this too much?

in a business sense, i project that this will serve its purpose.  having media mileage for free even if no one buys these.  i just hope that it will be taken positively on its environmental context.

processing the unprocessable wastage January 22, 2007

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collection and segregation of environmental waste

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cutting to dimension size. salvaging what can be used for the design concept.

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plastering a component sub grouping on cement

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grouting the finished design assembly for strength, water proofing, anti-fungal treatment, stone sealing and weathering protectant

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cleaning up and minor adjustments

st. anthony public art commission January 22, 2007

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title: st. anthony with child jesus
medium: collage of ceramic tiles
artist: rj juarez

date started: november 3, 2006
date finished: january 13, 2007
size: 10ft x 14ft (120″ x 168″)
number of pieces: 5043 tiles
creative team: lorenzo juarez, aida montajes, lorman juarez

artist notes: this is our first try to do an environmental mural art of this size. it has been a very engaging experience. a lot of cuts, coughing and fever sprouted from our exciting work in blistering sun and occasional rains. seeing the artwork alone is worth every single blood and sweat spent on doing this!

donated to st. anthony of padua parish

price:  3700 USD, for works of this size

accumosaic commissions January 21, 2007

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