Good artists can dance

I've sometimes thought of framing my aprons and selling them as "in the style of Jackson Pollock". I could probably write a book about how to do it. It might sell really well.

But I won't do either of those things. Why not?

I've sometimes thought of framing my aprons and selling them as "in the style of Jackson Pollock"
This is my apron. Not a Jackson Pollock. What is the difference?

All that a painting like my apron demonstrates to me, is that in random events you may be able to discern patterns, and maybe some moments of beauty.

Which is nice. But ultimately not very interesting.

Why is so much of modern art bad?

It lacks rhythm. That's one reason.

Rhythm is the most fundamental motive force in music, and in art. Some music lacks rhythm too, and that's pretty unsatisfying.

Why is rhythm so important? Because as humans we move. We move through space, and in time.

Rhythm is the most fundamental motive force in music, and in art.
Rhythm is the most fundamental motive force in music, and in art.

Rhythm is a fundamental part of our being. Music and dance both use TIME, SPACE and ENERGY to express emotion.

To see rhythm in action we need only look to dancers. Grace, flow and an energetic interaction with their environment are their stock in trade.

Rhythm is the most fundamental motive force in music, and in art.
Grace and flow in movement generates rhythm.

One of my students finding the ryhthm in Van Gogh's "Starry Night".
One of my students finding the ryhthm in Van Gogh's "Starry Night".

I am deliberately choosing to define art and art music as that which 'is more rhythmic, structured, complex and well thought out.

I feel strongly that the discourse on what art is has been hijacked for the past 100 years by theorists and vested interests (art as investment), and so I'm trying to balance the narrative. One way I'm doing that is to empower people through literacy in the subject. It's delightful to see how differently people relate to Van Gogh once they can paint a Van Gogh.