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I’m Too Dumb to be an Artist

Tim Bruckner

(Note: the images associated with this writing have virtually nothing to do with its content and appear simply because, I like them) I recently picked up a few copies of “art” magazines. After reading a couple, I realized that I am too damn dumb to be a real artist. Real “art” is described in terms like: “A complicit satire of the art market, or worse, as an example of condescending spectatorship.”  Or a work of…





Arnie Fenner

August 15, 2022 - Robert Self [1966-2022]. Photo by Greg Preston at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live!, 2013. I suppose the easiest way to describe Bob Self is to say he was, quite simply...Bob Self. Publisher, entrepreneur, and showman, Robert “Bob” Self died a day before his birthday as the result of an accident at Mono Lake in California on August 3, 2022. I first met Bob at a Book Expo America convention—I think in Chicago—and we immediately hit it off. Cathy and I liked what he did, he liked what we did: it was easy to be friends. Over drinks one evening in Kansas City, Cathy told him that she thought he resembled a young Orson Welles, both in appearance and in his multitude of skills—which tickled him since he knew a lot about Welles and was a huge…



Recent Comments

  • Alan on I’m Too Dumb to be an ArtistI mentor students at a rather historic private art school. I’m constantly amazed at how many of these kids, upon graduating, are still…
  • Felipe Gaona on First Idea, Worst Idea?I usually work on lots of thumbnails, and I don't find out that the first or the last one are the best consistently, maybe they're some…
  • Owen Stephens on Robots vs. LawyersAny image without copyright is in the public domain, not just those images that once had a copyright which has expired or been dissolve…
  • Jacob on First Idea, Worst Idea?Here's a fun idea/challenge: draw 10 thumbnails, each of a completely different project, so they're not based on eachother. This way yo…
  • Liana on Bobthanks for info
  • Ryan lesser on Robots vs. LawyersAmazingly, Midjourney requires ”you” to give credit in professional use?! How ironic. Great article Lauren! Thanks. been a hot topic in…
  • Lauren Panepinto on Robots vs. LawyersBut their name as a corporate entity and the right of advertising can be protected, especially in the case that the artist has formed a…


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