Here’s a charcoal drawing by Dennis Creffield which stopped me in my tracks. I’m sorry that it’s not a very good photograph.
Dennis Creffield, Bembridge Windmill, Isle of Wight, charcoal on paper
It’s the looking at a drawing like this one that I’m tempted to think of the state of our culture at the moment, and of art in particular. Here is a quote by Eckhart Tolle that I posted some time ago:
Because we live in such a mind-dominated culture, most modern art, architecture, music, and literature are devoid of beauty, of inner essence, with very few exceptions. The reason is that the people who create those things cannot — even for a moment – free themselves from their mind. So they are never in touch with that place within where true creativity and beauty arise. The mind left to itself creates monstrosities, and not only in art galleries. Look at our urban landscapes and industrial wastelands. No civilization has ever produced so much ugliness.
So, I’d like to make a comparison of Creffield’s drawing above with the effort of YBA artist Tracy Emin. Here are two of her drawings taken at random which are more or less typical of her work:
To me it beggars belief that this woman has been chosen by the Royal Academy to be their Professor of Drawing, or is it Professor of Painting?! In my opinion it’s a crime.
I remember Emin once infamously appearing drunk on a television debate, but I suspect she was simply pretending to be drunk in order to project a bad girl image. On another occasion she mentioned that she was a good artist and had already made her contribution to art history. Her vanity and antics are difficult to believe, but perhaps she’s just playing a game with the audience. However, what I cannot understand is why this celebrity artist, who is devoid of any talent whatsoever, is given such prominence in the media.
There’s so much I don’t understand, but given the state of affairs nowadays it’s as if the power-elite want to destroy our way of life and what we hold dear to our hearts.