Tagged: Critique

The Folklore of Fame

Critique, Part 4: The Folklore of Fame
I have never followed basketball. But as a young boy, I knew who Michael Jordan was. He was king—king of basketball, king of sports, and king of the media. Everybody knew him and everybody liked him. I heard all about him from the television and my friends. Now the closest I came to basketball was running the scoreboard for my school's home games. I really didn't care about the game and I never watched it on tv. But I knew Michael Jordan was a legend. Then, during a party at a friend's house, Read More

The Bias of Background

Critique, Part 3: The Bias of Background
A couple Christmases ago I was listening to the radio. We were well into the Christmas season and the station was in full holiday mode. It was during the lunch hour when they played older songs and one song in particular caught my attention. It caught my attention because it was not good. Let's face it—Christmas songs are difficult to do well. The classics have been beaten to death, and unless you're Sufjan Stevens, writing new ones is daunting. From what I remember, this song fell into the Read More

The Farce of Familiarity

Critique, Part 2: The Farce of Familiarity
In 2011 my wife and I spent a week in New York City. We stayed with a friend of a friend in the Bronx and took the subway into Manhattan each day where my wife was taking a class. I was just there to support her and had an entire week to simply roam the streets and explore NYC. It was glorious. On my first day there I was heading to the Brooklyn Bridge subway station when I heard a very familiar voice say, "Gimme a HOT dog. With MUStard." I recognized the voice right away as belonging to Ice-T. I Read More

The Significance of Series

Critique, Part 1: The Significance of Series
This is the first in a four-part series on critiquing art. Basic concepts will be presented in order to encourage the reader to evaluate an artist's work in a fair and sensible way. These concepts are easily applied to fine art, but note that they apply to almost every creative outlet, from acting to music to graffiti. The first topic is series. An even better word may be context. I'm not a huge fan of group exhibits where each artist is represented by a single piece. I understand their purpose Read More

Son of God Movie

Thoughts on how to critique the Son of God movie
Imagine an art gallery atop a mountain. What's the most beautiful thing you could place on that gallery wall? Probably a window. Is anything you or I create going to improve upon God's amazing creation? Can our nature-inspired work improve upon nature? No. I will never create anything as beautiful as a window. So why create? Where is the value in creating something sub par? That's the basic question I'm hearing asked with the recently-released Son of God movie produced by Mark Burnett and Richard Read More