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not bad at all
As an artist you have: 100% good art taste, 25% good art instincts, and 47% good art cognition.
1. "Taste." This seems straight forward. Do you have good taste when you are looking at/listening to/reading art. - for example the condom on canvas and the pics of Aids patients? That ought to have been scored an F.
Here's the thing with taste. Some really bad artists have really good taste. So a good score here is no guarantee of anything. But, no really good artists have really bad taste. So a bad score here means something. You scored between 0 and 60 in taste. Which means your taste is somewhere between awful and average. If it's closer to 60, you might still be a good artist. It's doubtful that you are great, but it is very possible that you've made some great works! So by no means should you, or anyone, give up. Keep plugging away. Every individual great work you make is a gift to humanity. Even if you often fail, you are doing "the lord's work" as the christians like to say.
2. Instincts are sometimes tough to differentiate from taste. But they are distinct. Take for example the question of the band picture. The best answer to that question was "play playstation games." Here's why. Posing undermines the "truth" of a photo when one takes pictures of people. Even though play playstation games is far from ideal, it was the best answer available. The second best was silly faces - posed, yes, but in such a way as to undermine pretention. The other two answers were two sides of the same coin. The beach and the dirty alley are both swaddled in contrivance. They just represent opposite ends of the contrivance spectrum.
Clean and direct is specifically the best strategy in most media most of the time. As is honesty. Which sentence? The short and direct one.
Bad instincts make for bad art usually. But sometimes people with very bad instincts make great art. Why? Well, it's because everybody occasionally gets out of their own way. You scored between 0 and 60 in this category, which means your instincts aren't so good. Counterintuitively, I recommend, go more with you gut. Usually bad instincts are avoidance instincts - ie, oh this melody sounds too familiar, I ought to fuck it up a bit, make it sound harder, etc. That instinct is an avoidance instinct based on self-preservation. You'd rather make something unappealing than risk being accused of biting some piece of existing art. Such a fear is understandable, and incredibly common, but must be rejected! Your best ideas are your most intuitive. IF you think you've heard a melody before, but can't put your finger on where, DO NOT KILL THAT IDEA. That's your best song.
3. Art Cognition:
Bad artists sometimes make great art. But bad artists never both: make and release bad art and at the same time possess active, skeptical, and discerning art cognition. Why not? Because active art cognition eliminates the possibility of fluke. And therefore if your art cognition is good, you are objectively self critical. If you make something great, you accurately distinguish it from your lesser work. This precludes you from releasing lesser work for public consumption. Ergo, for all intents and purposes, good art cognition precludes the label "bad artist."
This portion of the test was comprised of questions like the ones involving the role/effect of digital media. The answer is that they are both viable independent media and very powerful ways to disseminate older media.
Remember: New media never replace older media. They simply add to the total number of media available to work in.
Freedom from misconception. Some of the question tested to see if you held any popular misconceptions. "Waiting for the muse" and "naturalistic" or other flightly, emotional attitudes towards art are wrong.
Let me clarify. Art may be very very emotionally evokative. But it is the artist's job specifically to not "just do what s/he feels. It is the artist's job to make decisions. According to what standard? The truth. Art decisions conform to, and manifest, greater truths - immortal truths.
Topical art is almost always bad. And art comes, when it is true, from metaphysical sources. Artists channel - they do not create.
It is important always to diminish the artist, therefore, and elevate the art.
Key: Reject aesthetic relativism. Quality does exist. Truth is objective. Even though we cannot decisively say which art is true and which is not, that does not change the fact that some art is absolutely better than other art. This fact is crucial. It must be understood before one can become a truly, consistently great artist.
You scored 60-85 in art cognition. Great! Keep thinking hard. The thing is, we are all taught wrong from day one. And most of us will never overcome that. Certainly not alone. I credit Komputadora, an artist friend of mine, for helping me overcome many of my misconceptions. Find another artist to talk with. Engage in dialectic - conversation that aims to determine truth - instead of rhetoric. If you are humble and interested in learning how to get better, you can and will. You can always email me for help if you'd like. Google: Pop Goes Lethal and visit our art site. We are always interested in helping anyone who wants to make better art. For free, of course. Our's is a non-commercial venture. You scored pretty well in art cognition, so you prolly aren't responding very defensively to these words. You very well might even being looking for things to learn from the criticism! If you are, or even if you hereby check yourself and laugh this off, award yourself 10 bonus points. ;-)
Their Analysis (Vertical line = Average)
They scored 100% on art-taste, higher than 100% of your peers.
They scored 25% on art-instincts, higher than 2% of your peers.
They scored 47% on art-cognition, higher than 11% of your peers.
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