Necessity is the Mother of Invention
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The first thing that caught my attention about this episode was the work done by Albert Bierstadt. The paintings of the Indian way of life being so peaceful and civilized was boring to me as a child. I wanted to see much more action and adventure and found the paintings to be aesthetically pleasing but not much fun.
Courtesy of Cyrus Fire Watching this episode made the work make sense as it was trying to get the point across that the stereo types about Indian life and culture were wrong. This gave me an entire new appreciation for his work. As an adult I can empathize more with the idea of wanting to fight against stereotypes, especially through the art of painting. The theme of “Cult of Progress” is slightly sad but necessary I suppose. In order to have the new the old must go by the way side, right?
The depiction of people in society being separated by new inventions or technological advances isn’t new by any means but most always captivating. I have witnessed the change over the years from traditional to digital media when it comes to art and have seen work that I like from both.
Allen Dale said: “If necessity is the mother of invention, then laziness is the father.”
Early on I was not a fan of digital media work for the simple fact that it seemed like a lot of shortcut ways to do things or make a piece “flashy” without knowing how to do so without using a program. As I saw more and more digital work I began to admire the amount of time that went into the pieces and the amount of knowledge that you must have to work that way. I still have an affinity for traditional work because I enjoy the smell of the paint and the feel of canvas, but I can also appreciate the options that digital work provides. Being able to reproduce your work at any size using vectors, reproducing work on canvas is one of my new faves. The idea of being able to show multiple bodies of work in different locations is amazing to me. A few artists that I know from Columbus, Ohio, had a show where the art on the walls was traditional for the most part but when viewed through tablets would become animated.
Now more than ever it is time to embrace the new things that are happening in art and technology. I am not sure how much I subscribe to being in a “Cult of Progress,” but then again anyone who is in a cult would probably deny it! The segment on tattooing and face tattoos was also very interesting to me as far as progress goes seeing as how it is a very old thing but there appears to be more and more of it happening. Tattoos in general but more so face tattoos. Is it wrong that I want to live in a world where face tattoos are considered to be just as normal as having no tattoos at all?
Cyrus Fire graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design and specializes in acrylic portrait painting. He has three years teaching experience at CCAD and has promoted painting to children and young adults through the Delaware county library system in Ohio. He has worked with the Harmony Project of Columbus for three years on a community beautification mission painting murals. He also received a commendation from state representative David Leland in 2017 for his work done at the Riffe Gallery located in downtown Columbus. Twitter | Website