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  • elissa_s

    elissa_s

    388 689 743

    7 years ago

    So cute! :)

  • amavevera angel

    amavevera

    324 68 1136

    7 years ago

    wonderful!

  • sergeySafonov angel

    sergeySafonov

    793 2186 1628

  • alittlestranger angel

    alittlestranger

    72 54 10

    7 years ago

    thanks for the link Sergey, a pretty interesting article but does seem a little like it was written to spark an argument rather than make a point. I left a comment :)

  • alittlestranger angel

    alittlestranger

    72 54 10

    7 years ago

    I'm not advocating glowing praise, like i said on my comment i think crisitism helps artists strive harder.

    At the end of the day they're toys, and toys are meant to be fun. If we start scrutinising toys for being "art" or not then aren't we missing the point a little?

  • jazzydan angel

    jazzydan

    499 646 2539

    7 years ago

    Who decides what is deemed to be called "art", isn't "art" in the eye of the beholder?

  • CoMus angel

    CoMus

    171 468 619

    7 years ago

    I wonder what William Morris would say in this debate :P

    Either way I think this custom is cute :)

  • alittlestranger angel

    alittlestranger

    72 54 10

    7 years ago

    @Jazzydan exactly! And i thought they were custom shows, not art shows - when did it all get so high brow? :P

  • jazzydan angel

    jazzydan

    499 646 2539

    7 years ago

    "but maybe we're at a point in this scene where personalities and friendships are giving people a higher standing than they deserve."

    Nothing wrong with having a nice community. Thats what I love about the Toy scene, everyone is so friendly and polite to each other.

  • jeremyriad angel

    jeremyriad

    566 356 245

    7 years ago

    I think we're reaching a point in this scene/genre where we're seeing more of a split between people who want to make/collect small sculptures (and possibly also make a career/reputation on it) and others who view this more like a social hobby. I like both, and I think toy art can be both. The specific point of the critique, though, is really just about so-called art toy shows. Too many "art toy shows" are being thrown together hastily for a variety of reasons. The result is more like a potluck: anybody can bring anything, and the meal is not always cohesive.

    Speaking of meals, I'm off to Thanksgiving. Happy happy!

  • CoMus angel

    CoMus

    171 468 619

    7 years ago

    It seems this debate is just the use of the word "art" and peoples interpretation of what "art" should be when it comes to "art" toys. It's also apparent people do want a higher quality show to validate what is "high quality art" when it comes to toys.

    I am in the boat that thinks it should all be fun but it seems a few people would like it to be pushed to the next level. The debate focus is on the work displayed but to "raise the bar" it would require lots of work beyond what's on display.

    The type of show and quality of work will always reflect the clientele. How can you have a "serious" art show when people come dressed up in hoodies and over sized shirts? Not that there is anythign wrong with people dressing like that but it diminishes the "serious" perception you are wanting to see from these shows.

    Where it is held is important too; shows in a retail environment will be approached like this, it's not a "serious" environment. (yet still a great setup)

    A selection panel would be required. One that has a high level of education within the arts and design; not just toy fans/people that have been in the game for some time.

    There are many more things I can think of but on a final point; these pieces of "art" are relativity dirt cheap, reflecting the clientele and quality of work expectations once again (and most should be sold for WAY more)

    There is lots of work to raise the bar and most of it would come from educating the clientele and start raising the overall quality of the shows. It is slightly unfair to put blame on the sketchbot show as it clearly wasn't intending to be anything beyond what it was. The use of the word "art" will always give people various interpretations.

    As there is clear demand I do believe there should be higher quality art exhibits for toys but I don't think the sketchbot show should have taken the bullet.

    With that all said, it is never clear what "art" is! I went to an art show that was "very high brow" and there was a piece that cost 15k and it was just a pile of sticks made into a nest with a rolex in the middle of it. It was the only piece like that and I don't get it... but thats "art" for you.

  • jazzydan angel

    jazzydan

    499 646 2539

    7 years ago

    I like toys.

  • elissa_s

    elissa_s

    388 689 743

    7 years ago

    Rolex in a nest? Try unmade bed. 'Nuff said.

  • CoMus angel

    CoMus

    171 468 619

    7 years ago

    @Jazzy: Great comment, all that is needed to be said

    @Elissa: Oh so it was a social narrative! :P

  • elissa_s

    elissa_s

    388 689 743

    7 years ago

    I have no idea CoMus, people's perceptions of art are varied, and weird :)

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Artist:
A Little Stranger
Type:
Custom
Platform:
Sketchbot
Series:
Sketchbot Custom Show 2
Size:
5.5
Material:
Mixed Media
Quantity:
1
Year:
2010

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