Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"Letter To My Unborn Child"

Since I can remember, I have always loved art. The love was always about more than the product, but it was more about the process and the meaning behind it. I guess you could say I have always been more about the "why" than the "what." Art included anything creative, including poetry, stick figure drawing, or even just writing in a journal. Art is all creative space, and has a significance for whoever is performing it. After all art begins as personal, the masses make it political.

A love of art led me to a love of artists. Not so much artists that use paint, but more so music artists.

One of my favorite artists, Joe Budden, once said in a song called, ALL OF ME, that "I'm an artist, I paint pictures, I don't rhyme words." Music after all is art right? Even before writing, people had voices. Through music stories are told and emotions are shared. This is why Tupac Shakur is my
favorite ARTIST of all time, and it's not even close. His music has continued to survive the test of time because of the content and passion he placed in his lyrics. He was a poet at heart.

Though he sold many records(and still is), this doesn't determine the potency of his song lyrics. Tupac was on a mission with his lyrics and he had a plan to execute before his premature death at 25 years old, which he made known. So if he didn't do it for money, even with the reproduction of his music and poetry, could we say his authenticity has lasted through time since his message has?

Tupac has many unreleased songs and letters that can only be released by the heads of his estate. His letters are prized. Thoughts, feelings, fears, joys and anything else going on inside the mind of the man are buried away right now. And as much as I'd love to see these letters and hear these songs, it leads me to wonder what would be the means and results of getting them. In the reading by Walter Benjamin "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction", one part stuck out to me above the rest. It said:

"From a photographic negative, for example, one can make any number of prints; to ask for the 'authentic' print makes no sense. But the instant the criterion of authenticity ceases to be applicable to artist production, the total function of art is reversed. Instead of being based on ritual, it begins to be based on another practice--politics."

I think theres something to be said about authenticity, and I believe the original should always matter. The moment Tupac's letters are ever released, they will be photographed and used by media for hits and attention. It will no longer be about the art, it will be about the "come-up" for the next story, it will be about politics. I think this is a shame in society.

Discussion Questions:

1. Who are some of your favorite artists?

2. Do you feel that the work artists have done could ever be "watered-down" by society and its need to replicate and reproduce?

3. If you were able to receive rare or sensitive art, would you keep it? Sell it?

1 comment:

  1. My top three favorite artist are Blink 182, Cake, and Smash Mouth.
    I think that there are some pieces of art that can be "watered down" by society, but there is a majority that could stand.
    I think that my desire to sell sensitive art would depend on how much it personally meant to me. I think if I stumbled upon something that has no meaning to me, I would be more inclined to sell it.