The social commentaries and art documentation of Lee Vogler Nading, artist, author and controversialist, who was born on September 11. Contents are copyrighted but may be reproduced with author credit. Log in regularly for new posts on new topics.

Location: Indiana, United States

On June 22, 1980 I coined the term/concept of "technocalypse," my vision of man's inevitable self-destruction by his own inventions and free will, devoid of the divine purpose that is postulated for the mythical Apocalypse; most of my art work and social concerns pertain to this theme. I have been writing a timeline history of the world from the Big Bang to the near future, since 1987.

December 15, 2004

"Lee Nading's Lifetime Art Lesson"

1. Art is called art because only art is art. (1970)
2. The creative urge is spontaneous recombinism. (1997)
3. Every artistic mark is unique and will never be repeated. (1995)
4. Creativity is about how the mind works; like superheterodyne radio circuitry. (1960)
5. Making art is not instinct or junior science, it is super cognitive. (1968)
6. There is an art form for every state of mind. (1990)
7. Your natural style is apparent in your unconscious doodles and in the imperfections in your effort to precisely copy another person's work. (1964
8. Develop the ability to identify what makes your previous work successful and to carry it over to subsequent works. (1993)
9. "Just get the paint on" is also the slogan of house painters. (2000)
10. Tying two sticks together is closer to making fire than sculpture. (2003)
11. Message is traditional in art, and it is not 'political art' unless it is propagandent. (1982)
12. A mature artist will not resort to gratuitous shock and hate art. (1998)
13. The 'literal' meaning in an art work is subordinate to the work's visual aspects. (1980)
14. All art belongs to all people because there is only one saga of humanity. (1991)
15. Any art form can arise from any artist, independent of his culture or era. (1981)
16. It is artists who invent the symbols and imagery of mythology and religion. (1983)
17. If leisure really did give historical rise to art, then America would have one Michelangelo for every city the size of Indianapolis. (1966)
18. Western culture would benefit from having thousand-year schools in the stylistic tradition of its most revered artists. (1985)
19. Art and technology are as marryable as eagles and power lines - it looks like a safe prop but the art gets zapped; if you feel left out of technology then go study it, instead of just playing with it. (1965)
20. A hybrid art form does not invalidate its species. (1980)
21. Develop lifelong professional friendships, but keep envious competitors guessing. (2003)
22. Document your own work, to protect your legacy from impertinent critics and historians. (1981)
23. The artist is a product developer, from inception to fabrication and salesmanship. (1984)
24. Notice how artistic decision has gone into almost every man made thing around you. (2002)
25. The starving artist is a myth, and a waiter. (1962)
26. The most sustainable reason to keep making art is just to see what will occur next. (1964)
27. Art is the ultimate human inventiveness, and Picasso probably knew that if he had lived three lifetimes he would have only scratched the surface. (1979)
28. Ancient Egyptian sculptors carved some monuments without noses so future critics would not think they were snooty. (2007)
29. Demonstrativeness and gall might produce your best breakthroughs. (1967)
30. Masterpieces are mostly 'built' of mastered components, but they rarely show it. (1968)
31. Good art is the disguising of devices by encrypted distractions. (1964)
32. Your work is ready to exhibit when someone is ready to exhibit your work. (1982)
33. The 'root you' is the work form and subject(s) content that you keep returning to. (1976)
34. It is possible to push the free speech envelope so far that an artist might have to arm himself. (2 Nov 2004)
35. Your mind is your most important body part. (1982)
36. Don't rush things. The old saying "we grow too soon old and too late wise" is misleading because it takes forever to get old, and most of us are wisest around age 20. (1999)
37. A civilized artist will not engage in human sacrifice or cannibalism just because some primitive artists have, but scarification and self-mutilation are okay. (2000)
38. It is against the law to exhibit your art in a gallery, museum, out-of-doors or anywhere else without permission. (1984)
39. Maturity is a myth of childhood; however, the more your art work matures, doing less work will increase the percentage of good work. (1977)
40. Old is not a steady state. (1978)
41. Perfection is in the freeing of a gift, not in its purity. (2010)
42. Save everything that you can, because everything that people do is historical. (1978)
43. Always encourage the good works of others. (2005)
44. Everyone who studies art in school has a slightly different reason for it. (1982)
45. Beware of ideals - there is no emergency call box on the Yellow Brick Road. (2010)
46. No form of culture or government is inevitable. (1973)
47. Every bureaucracy is a revolution that won its war. (1983)
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