Bill Maher thinks visual Arts Education is bullshit… REALLY???
I love Bill Mahar. I watch Real Time every week. Lately I’ve been watching it DVR’d on Saturday mornings. I am a huge believer in intelligent disagreement. Just because you don’t agree with someone on a topic doesn’t mean you can’t be friends, work together, etc. In fact, it’s a real sign that we’re evolving. Having said that, I watched Real Time this morning and something flew out of Bill’s mouth that I couldn’t get down with and felt the need to write and share this blog.
He said that visual arts education was bullshit. That threw me for a loop. This intelligent man just said some of the stupidest shit I ever heard in my life.
Can people teach themselves visual art? Absolutely. I am a self-taught artist, but being an autodidact is a personality trait that may or may not be associated with being an artist. Some people need the structure of school and they should absolutely have the option to get their visual art degree! If they can’t find work then that’s on them. Maybe the schools need to ADD courses to visual arts to make the business of a visual arts career a more obtainable goal.
Hey Bill, who do you think makes those really awesome posters for you, or your really cool intro to your awesome show? Bullshit visual artists..that’s who. I think it would be safe to say that there are a healthy combination of people who’s degrees are only usefull to wipe their ass, and self-taught people with no formal education who are very successful in their chosen fields.
So Bill, if you apologized later in the show for saying this, then this article is pointless because honestly, I shut you off after Chris Mathews called you out. However, if you didn’t apologize, then you really should. For someone who is seen as “champion of the people” that was a real douchey, teabaggerish thing to say.
However, if you actually stand by this belief then all I can say is…I disagree, and you just went down a few notches on my respect-o-meter.
November 12th 6pm-9pm - Cero Space Presents the Movement of Color The Art of Filippo Ioco
Claudia Endler Designs, in our newest endeavor,Cero Space, opens the studio for artist Filippo Ioco
Filippo Ioco’s Movement of Color is a distinctive style of painting that is made up of large sections of carefully chosen expressive colors that relate directly to an emotional state. The colors are composed in block fields or splashed spontaneously together. The final compositions hold a delicate balance between light, weight, color and movement.
“Color is such a basic and constant element in our world that we sometimes forget its depth, as if we lived in black and white. If you gave your imagination complete freedom to explore color, you would lose yourself in all of its possibilities.” – Filippo Ioco
New works from his fine art, as well as his decorative art series, will be exhibited through January 28, 2012 by appointment.
Inspired by elements from graphic design, art, and architecture, the essence of Claudia Endler Designs jewelry is to illuminate the unique qualities that define each person, individually. “Jewelry is body language. I see it as a way to discover, express, and reveal.”
(Juicy red agate necklace, raw hematite diamond pendant, carnelian ring)
About Cero Space
From the collaborative minds of Claudia Endler, Renwick Oden with Carl Smith and Melynda Ecclesof Telemachus Studio, forms the inspiration and vision of Cero. “Cero”, being the spanish word for “zero”, implies the blank slate on which a variety of contemporary visual mediums are displayed, with an emphasis on contemporary art, architecture and design.
OK..I’ve had what I thought was a silly idea in my head. Before writing this little blurb, I decided to do a quick search and thanks to the new world of instant access to everything, I have discovered I am not alone in my idea. I am not an economist by any stretch but I do consider myself a decent philosopher. So here’s the idea..A global economic do-over. That’s right. A do-over. Why not? What’s the down side? Erase all-debt. Keep the general dollar at present value, and give all the people in the world a million bucks pending an economic responsibility and education course. Not just America. Greece, Italy, hell, even the middle east. (just raise the cost of weapons to a million bucks a bullet. haha… no, seriously. Why not?
….I know I have some smarties out there who follow me so…edumacate me. What’s the down side?
Here’s my thought..Money is nothing more than an idea. It only has the value we place on it. A lot of people argue that our money isn’t worth anything because it’s “legal tender” and not backed by anything like gold. Gold??? I hate to break it to you but gold only has the value we place on it as well. There’s only a finite amount of it in the world, we can’t eat it, get warm from it or have sex with it. It’s freakin’ metal. Pretty metal, but metal nonetheless. At least silver is a conductor!
So, if the value of money only has the value we place on it and everyone in the world is in debt to everyone else in the world…let’s have a friggin’ do over!! What’s the worst that can happen? Seriously..tell me. I’d like to know.
If our present course of global thought is what got us here, then isn’t time to change the general approach instead of putting band aids on bullet holes?
In fact, lets do this on Dec 21st 2012 so we can have an actual end of the world as we know it (because my money is on NOTHING WILL HAPPEN THAT DAY but that’s another conversation altogether).