Saturday, November 04, 2006

Setting Art Free

Multiple Surrenders, for ink-jet/laser media, 20cm x 28cm, is another in my series of 'unlimited' edition prints, devised to enable everyone to become a collector of my work. It's available now for a limited period to download free under a Creative Commons license from my web site. For those who might want to have my 'real' signature, along with an authenticating stamp, on the work's verso, the print can be sent to me, along with an adequately sized, stamped, self-addressed envelope, to my P.O. Box address.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whoo Hoooo!!! you KNOW i am going to post this one off to you ASAP!!! Thank you very big Hazel!!! :D
Sean Beard

Anonymous said...

Hazel,

You are truely amazing. What a cool thing to do.

-Malcho

david said...

Another example of art gone wrong

Anonymous said...

How is making one's signed artwork available -to the people all over earth- for the price of a stamp,an example of art gone wrong, rather than an achievement never before seen in the history of art?

Just wondering,
-Malcho

Anonymous said...

Tell me how it is an achievement to give something away over the net.

Tell me what it has to do with art at all when the woman can't even draw. Does she even have any genuine ideas?

- Allan M

Anonymous said...

Don't you love how the bitchiest posters are nearly always the most gutless and hide behind fake names and/or anonymous IDs. David/Allen M is clearly the same guy. Equally clearly, your knowledge and understanding of art (and the web) is deeply flawed – since when is contemporary art defined by an ability to draw? and have you not read any of the modern writings on the new economy – particularly those that examine the high value of ubiquity, and the role indscriminate, free distribution plays in establishing value (contrary to the elitist, 19th century notion of how art should be distributed)? Anyway, if you don't like the woman or her art, don't read her blog – better yet, get the balls to do your own.

Michael D.

Anonymous said...

I have never cared for Willem de Kooning's paintings nor his drawing ability (there's no explaining my taste or lack thereof). Alas, had he been able (and willing) to give his signed work away via the net, I still would be able to understand and appreciate the achievement.

-Malcho

Anonymous said...

I would seem bitchy to a sycophant. Really, I am being critical - a difficult concept for people who can't discriminate.

You clearly haven't read all of my and David's comments. Why would we use false names? Should we feel bad about disagreeing?

Whether or not drawing is strictly necessary to art, Hazel's works include drawings and I think they are poor. Not totally bad, but not
consistently good and not deserving of acclaim or the prices she asks. But even non-representational art requires drawing ability.

'Contemporary art' doesn't require any kind of ability except marketting. The Judith Wright Centre in Brisbane classes the act of chainsawing a piano in two as art.

Making something free and common doesn't make it more valuable, but less. It just makes it more popular (ubiquitous) - like McDonalds.

You are describing corporate regimentation - which is elitist. Decadent 'anti-establishment' artforms are encouraged, popularised as icons and used to stimulate consumer excess, which equates to corporate sales.

You are confusing production of items of value with the creation of new values - really the erosion of values.

You seem to blindly follow whatever is 'now'. Our 'new' economy is actually medieval, which puts 19th century economics in front.

Hazel has put her work on the web and makes critical comments herself - about other artists and our society. If she intends her thoughts or her art to make others think, she should be prepared to hear what they think. If this is a forum for genuine comment, and not just a fan club, nobody should mind.

I read Hazel's blog because she is an interesting example of an intellectual who puts herself above other poseurs without actually being any different.

I could do what Hazel does, but I wouldn't need my balls - I'd have to cut them off. When my flawed web knowledge is improved enough to create a site, I'll bung some free drawings on it to increase their worth and demonstrate my ability.

People who talk like you display neither balls or guts.

- Allan M

david said...

I am not Allan M and wasn't really referring to Hazel Dooney with the above comment, but snidely remarking at the vacuous adulation that adoring fans have of up and coming artists. Hazel is not a great drawer but her work will be tempered by years of hard work. I think she has a glint in her eye and will find her mark as the users and parasites fade away. At least she is drawing and draws better than some other well known artists. But it's not all about academic skill. Soul, message and intellectual cohesiveness are very relevant to the whole package. If you want serious artwork then dispense with the fan club.
David My real name, to protect the innocent.