"I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life." - Jean-Michel Basquiat
|"EARLY MOSES" - 1983|
I am convinced were he alive, Jean-Michel Basquiat would have been enamored with the sudden surge of people creating art in their journals. Truly ahead of his time Jean-Michel combined words, color and bold imagery that hinted at a deeper meaning. Something to scratch at until it bled. In the movie, "Basquiat" there is a scene where he approaches Andy Warhol in a restaurant and asks him if he would like to by some, "ignorant" art. When questioned, he responded, (link) "you know, like stupid, like ridiculous crummy art." This made me laugh as on the surface it seems self-effacing but if you think about it, how freeing is it to already say to yourself, "I'm going to create crummy, ridiculous, stupid and ugly art." The pressure is off, there is no expectation to create some masterpiece just the void left where true expression can bubble forth.
While I find the movie a little pretentious it still has its moments but if you really want a wonderful view into the man they called, "The Radiant Child" I highly recommend you watch the documentary that was released about two years ago by the same name. I found myself charmed and fascinated by an artist that I never truly paid attention to before.
|"Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump" - 1982|