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By Jeremy Arias
Last week, Art Block's Editorial Board met to review some of the submissions we’ve received for our next issue on the theme of being behind the scenes of the life of an artist. As usual, we had a philosophical minute questioning what is and isn’t art, who is and isn’t an artist, and who the hell are we to decide?
I grip the pen and write along the lines of my notebook, while our talented Art Director, Roque, doodled vivid images swinging around the same lines like monkeys on branches. His meeting notebook reminded me of my notes in my freshman year of college, words desperately trying to look professional, be useful, and fit in, but painted on the outskirts of the margins were couches, weird lava-lamp flow bubbles, all the signs of a madman desperately trying to escape his confines. What does being behind the scenes mean to him?
As we review your talented and artistic submissions, we have been seeing different mediums, perspectives, and thoughts flourishing from what it means to be behind the scenes. Do you picture a blackbox theater with green screens, cameras, and lights? Or do you see a kitchen with intricate tools? A typewriter under a lamp in a dark room? A blank canvas in a room exploding with color?
While we cannot define art, we as humans know it when we see it, and get lost when creating it.
Photographed above is Art Block's newest Board Member, Roque, who we are honored to have serving as our Art Director.
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