This week in my Writing for Artists class we read "I am for an Art" by Claes Oldenburg. Using his essay as inspiration, we were asked to write our own manifestos about the kinds of art we would like to see and create in the world using a mixture of abstract and concrete imagery. We were also encouraged to provide examples of our art—videos, photos, paintings, or dance.
This is what I created. Enjoy!!
I am for art...
#1: I am for art you can check out of libraries—worn pages, free inspiration, riveting stories, and calls to action.
#2: I am for art that gets buried underground, only to sprout up in the spring.
#3: I am for art that hugs your fingers and decorates your hands with copper, gold, silver, and stone.
#4: I am for art that turns your fingernails purple, blue, yellow, pink, and orange.
#5: I am for art that reflects your face; mirrors, puddles, and polished elevators.
#6: I am for art that zooms past you underground, blowing air as it comes to a halt.
#7: I am for artists that explore make believe worlds and invent imaginary people.
#8: I am for the art that is interactive—art where people can write their own messages on walls, attach locks to chain link fences, or throw coins into fountains.
#9: I am for the artist that defies logic—24 hour films that test human psychology and our inability to avoid constructing a story out of unrelated events.
#10: I am for the artists that empower girls.
#11: I am for the artists that make me laugh.
#12: I am for an art that dips string in buckets of soap and lets the wind make translucent, hollow, rainbow spheres in the sky.
#13: I am for art that uses every color of the rainbow.
#14: I am for an art that you control with black and white keys.
#15: I am for art that transcends through car speakers to vibrate your core.
#16: I am for the art of driving an extra lap around the block to hear the end of a good song.
#17: I am for an art that starts out as words on a page and turns into drawings.
#18: I am for art that winds up on homework assignments, to do lists, and lecture notes.
#19: I am for art at the bottom of backpacks—receipts, tea packets, tangled headphones, and melted candy.
#20: I am for art that exists only in memories—sand castles, conversations, and elementary school poetry.
#21: I am for art that takes our world and shrinks it—Old victorian style doll houses with miniature furniture, plants, and people.
#22: I am for art that collects dust.
#23: I am for art that is only beautiful because it exists in large quantities displayed together.
#24: I am for the art of hiding love notes in suitcases—tucked inside the pages of a book, under underwear, and behind the camera case.
#25: I am for an art that scoops foolish bumble bees out from turquoise swimming pools with bare hands and sprigs of grass.
#26: I am for the art with wet skin and dripping hair.
#27: I am for art that I will never have the tools to create; bee hives, sunsets, and seafoam.
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