Is it actually possible to create a painting that is unique?
Over the last few weeks I have been mindlessly slopping paint onto a canvas. I have attempted to “not think” about what I am doing. Using this technique I hoped to create something original. In a way I am. If you are to analyze my work stroke by stroke, then yep, I guess it is.
However, “Google Lens” shows me my overall image is not that unique.
If you are unfamiliar with “Google Lens” it’s an option in Google Photos that will analyze your image and return similar results.
So I ran “Google Lens” — hmm, seems my so called non-thinking abstract art is not that special. Apparently if you mindlessly dump, pour, and spread paint without thinking someone else has produced something remarkably similar.
No matter how hard we try to be original we end up in a category or niche with a countless number of artists doing the same. Is it just a matter of technical expertise that differentiates us from one another?
For example in Instagram; do a search for ink drawings, or paint pouring, or landscape painting. Notice how many different artists are doing similar styles. Can you distinguish one artists work from another? Can you find an artist producing truly unique work?
However, this has always been the case throughout history. The difference now of course is that the Internet allows us to immediately see these commonalities.
What does this mean for my current painting project. I guess it means no matter what I do somewhere, somehow, someone is going to appreciate my work (good or bad).
Thankfully we have the Internet and can share with the world. 30 years ago that was not the situation. If you lived in a community not ready for abstract art your opportunities were limited. In my community; paint a bald eagle perched on a branch and all was good (sarcasm)!
Now that I am finished with the above blather let me get to the point of the title for this post. Not thinking (or painting like a monkey) does not create unique images. Time to think about what I am doing on this project! Maybe some brush work?
As usual, below is the header image for those reading this post in email.