My Mr. Man having a Yoda moment after his bath.


Art Is An Extension Of The Creator

I believe this holds true for any art form…any media. Music, painting, sculpture, written word, photography, dance, etc. When you think about it, all artists strive to convey a thought, an idea. Where does that come from? From within, of course. So art is most definitely an actual piece of our soul.

Love, Lola


Test below written by Ethan Grove, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Study finds ‘magical contagion’ spreads creator’s essence to pieces, adding value

Not all things are created equally. We don’t view a Picasso sculpture in the same way we look at a hammer, for example — no matter how fancy the hammer.

The reason? We see the Picasso more as a person than an object, according to new research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

And in some cases, we make distinctions between artworks — say, an exact replica of a piece created by the artist, versus one created by a different artist.

Art, in other words, is an extension of the creator, write Professor Daniel M. Bartels of Chicago Booth, and Professor George E. Newman and Rosanna K. Smith, a doctoral student, both of Yale University School of Management.

In their paper, “Are Artworks More Like People Than Artifacts? Individual Concepts and Their Extensions,” published in the journal Topics in Cognitive Science, the researchers build on previous studies that looked at the continuity of people. For example, if you transplant someone’s brain into another body and the memories remain stored in the body, is that the same person? Identity is determined by the sameness of physical and mental states — and this view applies to art, as well.

“We have intuitions about the continuity of people and other kinds of one-of-a-kind objects,” Bartels said.

They found that people viewed copies of tools the same as the original, no matter who manufactured them. But with art, replicas created by the original artist were viewed similarly to the original, whereas they were not when another artist made the re-creations.

This has to do with “magical contagion” — the idea that the essence of the artist rubs off on the creation.

“If the artist made physical contact with the replica, it’s as if the artist imbued the work with her/his essence by having worked with the (new, replica) piece — it seems like others who might make the copy or other processes by which a copy could be made can’t transmit this essence in this way,” Bartels said.

Newman added: “One prediction that comes out of this idea is that artwork that seems like it has really had a lot of close physical contact with the artist, i.e., you can see evidence of his or her ‘hand,’ may be preferred to art where that direct physical connection is less obvious.”

Image Above: Guernica by Pablo Picasso

Let’s talk about carrots…

You heard me. Carrots. They’re crunchy, delicious and good for you. They come from the dirt, so they must be, right? (Image above credit Thinkstock.com)

This hamster loves carrots…

Chewbacca the Sloth loves carrots…

Jon REALLY loves carrots…

You can ruin a party with a carrot…

You can make a clarinet out of a carrot…

You can even do what this Ordinary Swedish Guy does with carrots…

Either way you look at it, Carrots. Mmm Mmmm Good!

Proving nothing is impossible..

I actually put pencil to paper today. :: GASP :: Well, there’s a back story. But you don’t wanna know that, do you? I went outside yesterday too. :: EXTRA GASP:: Yet again, another story. Suffice to say I have officially started to add to the Population series I have been working on for at least 15 years…maybe more. It was a long, hard dry spell. Screw it now. I have to stop working so much and get my fingers dirty on something more than this keyboard every now and again. Whatever. And stuff. Daft Punk kinda helps.