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Can You Separate the Art from the Artist? – Draftsmen S2E20

September 1, 20203 Comments

Stan and Marshall respond to an artist’s tweet who asks if it’s possible to learn from artists who have talent, but are terrible people. Can you separate the art from the artist?

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References and books

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Adopting Art Parents to Develop Your Style
Justin Chang and Lorraine Ali conversation on disgraced Hollywood figures
Dwight Schrute
Andrew Loomis Fun with a Pencil
People’s History of The United States By Howard Zinn
The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K le Guin

Referenced Artists:

Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin

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Knight Zhang

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  1. says:

    The best fiction is filled with egregious characters. Drama demands temptation, problems, corruption. Evil and immorality are part of life’s panoply.
    To dismiss an artist for simply being a member of life’s parade seems myopic. Lions eat gentler creatures, yet we find them noble: the king of beasts. We celebrate warriors who are likely sociopaths enjoying the chance to bring death.
    That an artist has rapacious appetites which don’t recognize social norms and restrictions may be part of the quest for great art. Passion isn’t chained to reason. Nor is art.
    Great art moves beyond norms. To expect all artists to behave as gentle, cooperative members of society would degrade art. Art would become insipid bowls of mush.
    This isn’t an argument favoring criminal behavior. It’s more an argument that life has it’s own rules–most of which elude delicate moral reasoning. It’s a question about why a supposedly omnipotent God would create the devil to bring evil and suffering into the world. It’s a question that includes asking why, if we were created in God’s image, are we acting like the rest of nature.
    The accomplishments we most admire usually come at great sacrifice. Stories favoring those who rise above unbeatable obstacles are a big hit. Perhaps, to find the best in life requires sacrificing our own tendencies to indignation and self-righteousness.
    Does chaining oneself to the ideals of others really improve our lives–or simply limit our vision?
    Darwin preached survival of the fittest. Powerful beasts die, and fly larvae consume the carcasses. Are the morally righteous our version of fly larvae?
    In the end, the weak sometimes get the last meal.
    As a disclaimer, this comment contains no answers. Only observations and more questions.

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