In Response to Hubris – Christine Adame

I haven’t had a class of undergrads yet, but I can imagine this is the perfect place to call to task those who have thought, “I could do that” while at an art museum. It’s the time for them to put the grease on their elbows. This applies to ourselves as artists too.

Let’s be real here. I have visited some museums (particularly stood in front of Duchamp’s Fountain, or read about Michael Craig-Martin’s An Oak Tree) and thought the same.

However, here’s a pretty decent explanation for what that thought actually means. And implications for us as teachers and practicing artists.

To those who have looked at art and thought “I could do that”

As teachers, we could glean some exercises from this to address technique vs. concept.

We could challenge students to tackle a particular medium, and reach towards a result like the “masters”. For example, having students paint a square in oil paint to match the smoothness and lines of a Mondrian.

We could challenge students to explore a concept that is very personal, and to go out and find objects to express that concept.

As artists, I believe that if we do feel there is a dearth in technique we can either imagine or research what concept the artist is exploring.


Christine Adame


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One comment

  1. Michelle Pennington

    This is an excellent teaching tool and I shared it with the glass studio since we have debates about “What is art” all of the time since our medium is so heavily connected to craft.


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