I’m Garret Kane, an assemblage sculpture artist based in Brooklyn NY and I’d like to take this page to blabber about my pondering's on what it means to be an artist.
Over the years the word art has been the subject of a bazillion arguments. That said, I still think it's important to jump into the fire and create your own base from which to build upon - a fundamental understanding of what it is you are doing and why you are doing it. Because let's face it, being an artist can feel quiet ambiguous at times.
So, for me, art means anything - absolutely anything - that has been manipulated by human beings.
Simply put. Altered matter = Art.
If you snap a branch in half, that is art. If you refine ore and turn it into a car, that is art. If you take a picture, make a video, at some level those products came from the natural world. They are all art.
Fine art, however, is slightly different. It’s a subset of the larger conceit. If you go to a fine art store every material is designed for one purpose: creating form and color.
That is because fine art generally serves no utilitarian purpose. Its purpose is to push matter to its most amazing possible form.
Its point is not to have a built in effect, but to effect everything that surrounds it.
Well, thats the idea I like to operate from at least and it’s what inspires much of what I do.
Specifically the mediums, concepts and techniques I prefer all revolve around this association with base nature. They embody the idea that human beings were made by nature and through technology we attempt to recreate nature in our own image.
Lastly, because nature inspires everything I do and because I love our planet, 10% of all my profits go to the EDF (Environmental Defense Fund) which you can check out here:
Ok, that's all, thanks for reading!