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May 19 2017

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16 years ago today, Shrek was released in theaters and the world changed forever.

Happy Sweet 16, Shrek!

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So somebody on my Facebook posted this. And I’ve seen sooooo many memes like it. Images of a canvas with nothing but a slash cut into it, or a giant blurry square of color, or a black circle on a white canvas. There are always hundreds of comments about how anyone could do that and it isn’t really art, or stories of the time someone dropped a glove on the floor of a museum and people started discussing the meaning of the piece, assuming it was an abstract found-objects type of sculpture.

The painting on the left is a bay or lake or harbor with mountains in the background and some people going about their day in the foreground. It’s very pretty and it is skillfully painted. It’s a nice piece of art. It’s also just a landscape. I don’t recognize a signature style, the subject matter is far too common to narrow it down. I have no idea who painted that image.

The painting on the right I recognized immediately. When I was studying abstraction and non-representational art, I didn’t study this painter in depth, but I remember the day we learned about him and specifically about this series of paintings. His name was Ad Reinhart, and this is one painting from a series he called the ultimate paintings. (Not ultimate as in the best, but ultimate as in last.)

The day that my art history teacher showed us Ad Reinhart’s paintings, one guy in the class scoffed and made a comment that it was a scam, that Reinhart had slapped some black paint on the canvas and pretentious people who wanted to look smart gave him money for it. My teacher shut him down immediately. She told him that this is not a canvas that someone just painted black. It isn’t easy to tell from this photo, but there are groups of color, usually squares of very very very dark blue or red or green or brown. They are so dark that, if you saw them on their own, you would call each of them black. But when they are side by side their differences are apparent. Initially you stare at the piece thinking that THAT corner of the canvas is TRUE black. Then you begin to wonder if it is a deep green that only appears black because the area next to it is a deep, deep red. Or perhaps the “blue” is the true black and that red is actually brown. Or perhaps the blue is violet and the color next to it is the true black. The piece challenges the viewer’s perception. By the time you move on to the next painting, you’re left to wonder if maybe there have been other instances in which you believe something to be true but your perception is warped by some outside factor. And then you wonder if ANY of the colors were truly black. How can anything be cut and dry, black and white, when even black itself isn’t as absolute as you thought it was?

People need to understand that not all art is about portraying a realistic image, and that technical skills (like the ability to paint a scene that looks as though it may have been photographed) are not the only kind of artistic skills. Some art is meant to be pretty or look like something. Other art is meant to carry a message or an idea, to provoke thought.

Reinhart’s art is utterly genius.

“But anyone could have done that! It doesn’t take any special skill! I could have done that!”

Ok. Maybe you could have. But you didn’t.

Give abstract art some respect. It’s more important than you realize.

Realism is for suckers. 

Never forget, too, that Ad Reinhardt is also the guy who did things like this:

He knew exactly how to deal with dumb Facebook memes like the original image here.

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why would a candle thats already lit want to be with a match

also her being lit is going to eventually melt her and reduce her to nothing

match guy is an abusive sadboy who thinks he’s the victim when candlegirl just wants someone who will keep her alive

im here for this analysis

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6894-1: Invader, 1987 
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6886-1: Galactic Peace Keeper, 1989 
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6987-1: Message Intercept Base, 1988
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bet ya wished your girlfriend was hot like me via Flight Cartoon | Savage Chickens
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May 18 2017

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White people is a slur? Noted.

No but really though it’s important to know in a restaurant. White people mild is totally different than regular mild


what you’re witnessing here isn’t a slur, it’s all Four of my white taste buds being saved by the kindness of poc in food service

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I stared at this longer than I should

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From astrophysicist Katie Mack. I’m 100% behind her.

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Quick Tip to Draw Straight Lines & Avoid Shaky Hand Lettering by Sean McCabe

(reblog to save an artist

I’ve been doing it wrong the whole time… THIS IS LFE CHANGING!!!

does this still work if you’re a lefty?

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@deadcatwithaflamethrower @norcumi @dogmatix @lectorel @darthrevaan @blackkatmagic @elenothar @robininthelabyrinth


This works so much better for me than “falling action” or “black moment” or “dark night of the soul” or whatever things the beat templates try to label it.

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These bother me sometimes.

We all start as literal useless babies. No one gets a magic ticket that makes them better at anything. If someone says they “never practice” it’s probably because they like doing the skill and see it as a fun use of their time instead of “practice”.

…..Nah. I have been an artist and associated with artists all my life and I can 100% verify that “natural talent” exists and some people are going to start out producing work technically far more advanced than other people the very, very first time they pick up a pen or any other medium.

People really reach to beat up on these owlturd comics lately. I don’t know him but can’t some guy just make little comics about his anxieties without getting piled up on?

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I almost mist the pun

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