David Rourke

David Rourke


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599 weeks ago @ All the Strange Hours - George Inness · 0 replies · +1 points


Your work is beautiful.


599 weeks ago @ All the Strange Hours - Conceptual art · 0 replies · +1 points


Perhaps the quintessential example of "transgressive" conceptual art would be the Piss Christ. I am not in any way a religious person, so it does not offend me culturally or religiously. It is deliberately offensive in a churlish manner that reminds me of an adolescent doing whatever is necessary to offend Mom and Dad. There is nothing "brave" about a transgressive work such as this--in the academic art world, it is entirely safe to offend Christians.

Now if Serrano had created a Piss Mohamed, that would have been an act of bravery. Still banal, but at least brave.

In terms of outsider art, I find some of it interesting and valuable. In other cases, my response tends to be that it is a shame that the artist didn't have the skill to express his or her meaning more effectively.

599 weeks ago @ All the Strange Hours - Conceptual art · 0 replies · +1 points


I think we're in a similar place. I don't like banal, soulless, ugly, derivative art. That's what most conceptual art is. It also often pretends to be "transgressive" while being as safe and conventional as it is possible to be in an academic art context.

If you grab some object and incorporate it into an artwork in a manner that is original and interesting, I have absolutely no problem with that.

599 weeks ago @ All the Strange Hours - Conceptual art · 2 replies · +1 points


I like lots of different kinds of art. Mostly I like visual art that looks like something (i.e., representational), but not always.

Finding a urinal and putting it in an art gallery was a fun joke a century ago. I see no reason to repeat the joke over and over. The repetition doesn't make it funnier or closer to being actual art.

599 weeks ago @ All the Strange Hours - Conceptual art · 0 replies · +1 points


I do like some expressionist and abstract art. Most conceptual art impresses me as a bad joke.

600 weeks ago @ All the Strange Hours - Q&A · 0 replies · +1 points


If you use lots of turps, then I'd strongly encourage you to make sure you have very good ventilation.

602 weeks ago @ All the Strange Hours - About ATSH · 0 replies · +1 points


He sure is. I've known some who find him kind of irritating, but I like opinionated people even when I disagree with them.

604 weeks ago @ All the Strange Hours - Whatever you do, don't... · 0 replies · +1 points


I sure do.

Almost anyone can make a painting their mom will put up on her wall. It's harder to make one that a stranger will pay you money for the privilege of hanging.

605 weeks ago @ All the Strange Hours - 73% more convenient th... · 0 replies · +1 points


My name is David, actually. Not sure what you are asking about, as I don't suggest adding soap to paint. If you search on this site, you can find information on oil painting without solvents.

606 weeks ago @ All the Strange Hours - Oil painting medium · 0 replies · +1 points


In small amounts, this medium doesn't seem to speed or slow drying much (the black oil has lead, which acts as a drier, but the CB dries a little slow, so it seems to be basically a wash as far as I can tell). You can warm a jar of Canada balsam in a warm water bath.

I am not a big fan of alkyd mediums myself.