There’s an old adage – well, I’ve been using it for years; families, can’t live with them, can’t kill them and bury them underneath the pool (we have no pool).
Now there’s little doubt that I am part of my family, the family resemblance between siblings is too striking for me to be adopted. But at times I have this overwhelming sense that we might as well be different animals and that I am certainly the odd one out.
So how do you explain what you do to your family, to your parents? It was hard enough for my brother to explain he was in IT Support, so what hope do you have of conveying meaning when you’re doing something as seemingly esoteric as creating art?
Lernert & Sander have produced a documentary series in which 5 abstract artists attempt to explain their work to their parents.
The first episode features Arno Coenen trying to explain his work (with beer) to his father.
“Explain to me in simple terms how this beer is art,” Arno’s father (perhaps quite understandably) asks.
You can watch the other installments at Lernert & Sander’s Vimeo page.