DO YOU HAVE ARTISTIC LISENCE?Are you considering re-purposing a cultural concept, idea or artefact? Planning a parody or pastiche? Perhaps you would like to create an 'art work' or depict something figurative or abstract as a 2D simulacra, often known as an 'image'.
From may 2013 you must be in posession of a valid artistic liscence. It's quick and easy to apply.
HOW MANY PICTURES HAVE YOU SEEN TODAY?Representing the 3D world in static 2D pictures was a big leap in thinking when we first started scratching in the dirt and daubing on cave walls. For huge swathes of our species' existance the average person would seldom see a picture. Then relatively recently, came the printing press and mass-reproduced images along with photography. Now in the digital age, we are daily bombarded with imagery. We get flyers and newspapers and art through our letterboxes, buy posters and paintings for our walls, take photos and stare at screens. Culturally, we are yet to come to terms with this wonderful proliferation of imagery.
ART AND JOKESBoth art and jokes are a way of examining reality - a way of picking it up in our hands, turning it around and noting it's peculiarities.
A joke is usually made up of two parts: Firstly a set-up which plays up common assumptions about the nature of reality. Secondly a punchline which suprises the audience and takes them in an unexpected direction, making them consider things in a new way.
Good art also needs to have at least two elements, it can't just be an object that exists for the sake of existing - unless it makes a self-aware point of doing that! It has to be dynamic and reveal something about reality. Even something as simple as the idea that 3D perspective can be described on a 2D surface.