Tuesday, February 10, 2009
FavoriteThing(s)ThisWeek aka An Interesting Manifesto
James Kochalka is a comic artist. There is a cornucopia of his work through the years available at his website. His work tends toward simplicity and cute. But, there is also a very provocative side to him as well evidenced I think by the image above and the mini-manifesto below.
This idea that craft is the enemy is very interesting to me. I would suggest that there is some value to it, but that it is a very dangerous idea as well.
Why wait? Profundity and Virtuosity... are they synonymous? Is this approach to comic making less applicable to other creative medium? Perhaps our time is truly valuable because of brevity, which means that one should spend only as much time as necessary in the realm of craft if one is teeming with content?
Or is craft sometimes a distraction? Can the pursuit of virtuosity be a sort of self-centered worship that can leave little room for other ears and eyes and exchanges? Or that can distract one from actually completing a task at hand because you believe the artist you'll be tomorrow can do it better than the artist you are today?
Issac Butler and I tossed some ideas around briefly while talking about Jason the Comic Artist. I'd love to know what other folks think about craft, how much is essential, is there such a thing as too much? Etc.etc.