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Victory and the petulant posers

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 12, 2014, 11:34 AM
Skin by NorthBlue
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So...I passed my Oral Thesis Defense yesterday.  It went fairly smooth.  Aside from having some format issues with my paper which are easily cleared up, I am done with this madness.  I don't feel much different.  My ego is still manageable and my capacity for logic, reasoning and objectivity are still in tact.  My pay certainly hasn't increased.  I set this goal for myself 15 years ago and probably took the longest road possible to get to it.  Its here now...so what.

I'm not sure where you are at in your life, but if you are not yet in college, or if you are currently in college, let me tell you the most important thing I have learned from my recent experience.

You need life experience to draw inspiration and drive from and you can't fake it by immersing yourself in a philosophy or ideology.  I saw too much of that while I was back in Art School and I came to hate it more than anything.  The academy is made up of too many petulant pseudo-intellectuals who have grown up with everything they've every needed or wanted and been sheltered from the cruelties and unfairness of this world.  They never wanted for money, never worked a job they hated, never sweated or nursed a serious injury from a job they were doing.  Life was a series of steps for them, grade school, high school, college, grad school, and then back to the academy to surround themselves with people who think just like they do. As an undergrad, they will subjectively preach their philosophy to you and if you buy into it, you will be rewarded with their extra attention, and perhaps if you are really lucky, a good job or a pat on the back. Reject it and you will be ignored, minimalized or even penalized.  Challenge their belief system and they will excoriate you, level penalties and slow your progress.   

The thing is, that if you buy into these philosophies, having never really experienced the things they were started to combat, you'll be posing.  And you'll spend a lot of time talking about it, and making art about it, and when you get the chance to show everyone that you subscribe to this philosophy, you'll shout louder and longer than anyone else hoping that they will perceive you as enlightened and sophisticated and complex.  But I don't really think they will.  In fact, I have a really hard time taking people like this seriously.  All their talk and defending and spouting of hypotheticals is just a bunch of intellectual masturbation.  They are jokes and clichés and just empty posers, with no real thoughts of their own, desperately afraid of being discovered for the frauds that they really are. 

I have nothing against people who lead these charmed lives.  It' the natural order of things, but humility is a virtue, as is the ability to be objective about something.  If this thesis work I have recently done is about anything, it is about the ability to be objective.

That's what I have learned for all my trouble, and it's worth every penny I paid for my degree.  A post-modern society challenges any and all authority, and it should rightly do so because in its wake, so much authority rests in the hands of people like I just described.  But it ended up that way because we embraced Post-Modernism in the first place.  We defied objectivity and instead replaced it with relativity.  We lowered our standards for what is good and valuable and excellent and replaced with the maintenance of self-esteem.  It was  poor trade.

I don't know...maybe you disagree and I am just bitter.  Would love to hear what you think.

We'll be getting back to our regularly scheduled program shortly.

JW

  • Mood: Relief
  • Listening to: my conscience
  • Reading: Conan
  • Watching: Dexter and Parenthood
  • Playing: I never play.
  • Eating: Jimmy John's sandwiches
  • Drinking: Freedom
Continuum from the Left by paco850
Continuum from the Left
A viwer of the works on the wall from the left side of the continuum.
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Thesis Show view from the other Gallery. by paco850
Thesis Show view from the other Gallery.
This is the first view that patrons of the gallery will have of the show.  As they enter the space from the larger gallery, they will encounter the Standups and then move through the experience.
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Conservative Sam Standup. by paco850
Conservative Sam Standup.
The Other Stand up for the Gallery Show.  Theoretically, the viewers will enter the gallery and encounter the two standup, at which point they will choose a political ideology that they most agree with.  Then move the side of the gallery they most agree with, encounter the artwork that reflects their opinion the closest and then encounter the work that they disagree with.  In a perfect world, Liberals would move from left to right and conservatives would move from right to left, meeting in the middle.  I don't expect it to make one shred of difference in the grand scheme of things, but hey, this is a hoop and I am an Olympian monkey jumping through it.  Hope you are all well.

jw
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Victory and the petulant posers

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 12, 2014, 11:34 AM
Skin by NorthBlue
Subject


So...I passed my Oral Thesis Defense yesterday.  It went fairly smooth.  Aside from having some format issues with my paper which are easily cleared up, I am done with this madness.  I don't feel much different.  My ego is still manageable and my capacity for logic, reasoning and objectivity are still in tact.  My pay certainly hasn't increased.  I set this goal for myself 15 years ago and probably took the longest road possible to get to it.  Its here now...so what.

I'm not sure where you are at in your life, but if you are not yet in college, or if you are currently in college, let me tell you the most important thing I have learned from my recent experience.

You need life experience to draw inspiration and drive from and you can't fake it by immersing yourself in a philosophy or ideology.  I saw too much of that while I was back in Art School and I came to hate it more than anything.  The academy is made up of too many petulant pseudo-intellectuals who have grown up with everything they've every needed or wanted and been sheltered from the cruelties and unfairness of this world.  They never wanted for money, never worked a job they hated, never sweated or nursed a serious injury from a job they were doing.  Life was a series of steps for them, grade school, high school, college, grad school, and then back to the academy to surround themselves with people who think just like they do. As an undergrad, they will subjectively preach their philosophy to you and if you buy into it, you will be rewarded with their extra attention, and perhaps if you are really lucky, a good job or a pat on the back. Reject it and you will be ignored, minimalized or even penalized.  Challenge their belief system and they will excoriate you, level penalties and slow your progress.   

The thing is, that if you buy into these philosophies, having never really experienced the things they were started to combat, you'll be posing.  And you'll spend a lot of time talking about it, and making art about it, and when you get the chance to show everyone that you subscribe to this philosophy, you'll shout louder and longer than anyone else hoping that they will perceive you as enlightened and sophisticated and complex.  But I don't really think they will.  In fact, I have a really hard time taking people like this seriously.  All their talk and defending and spouting of hypotheticals is just a bunch of intellectual masturbation.  They are jokes and clichés and just empty posers, with no real thoughts of their own, desperately afraid of being discovered for the frauds that they really are. 

I have nothing against people who lead these charmed lives.  It' the natural order of things, but humility is a virtue, as is the ability to be objective about something.  If this thesis work I have recently done is about anything, it is about the ability to be objective.

That's what I have learned for all my trouble, and it's worth every penny I paid for my degree.  A post-modern society challenges any and all authority, and it should rightly do so because in its wake, so much authority rests in the hands of people like I just described.  But it ended up that way because we embraced Post-Modernism in the first place.  We defied objectivity and instead replaced it with relativity.  We lowered our standards for what is good and valuable and excellent and replaced with the maintenance of self-esteem.  It was  poor trade.

I don't know...maybe you disagree and I am just bitter.  Would love to hear what you think.

We'll be getting back to our regularly scheduled program shortly.

JW

  • Mood: Relief
  • Listening to: my conscience
  • Reading: Conan
  • Watching: Dexter and Parenthood
  • Playing: I never play.
  • Eating: Jimmy John's sandwiches
  • Drinking: Freedom

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Jason Walker
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I do tech illustration for a Defense Contractor in Georgia, and more fun illustration and graphic design in my spare time.

Current Residence: Somewhere near Atlanta GA
deviantWEAR sizing preference: XL
Print preference: I prefer Print to Web,
Favourite genre of music: 90's Alternative and Grunge
Favourite photographer: don't know.
Favourite style of art: Aside from Comics, I like the designers of the Swiss and Bauhaus movements
Operating System: Made the jump to mac in November of 2010.
MP3 player of choice: Ipod Classic, 80 gb, and I still have 72 to fill up.
Shell of choice: the one without the critter in it.
Wallpaper of choice: I prefer paint, but if it has to be wallpaper it needs to be minimalistic
Skin of choice: Pretty happy with my own. The fewer wrinkles the better.
Favourite cartoon character: Superman
Personal Quote: Don't believe everything they tell you, especially if you saw it on Television.
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:icondrtimdawg:
drtimdawg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
Great to hear about your thesis! Congrats!
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paco850 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
Thanks man...almost done.  Free and clear after November 11th.  Will square things away with you then.  Hope you are well.
jw
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drawmokie Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Artist
draw mokie
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paco850 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
What's a Mokie?
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drawmokie Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Artist
just chex out my blog!!! drawmokie.tumblr.com/
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paco850 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Ha ha...hit me up in November once my  thesis is finished.
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William406 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Wondering if I could get an update or an email response about the Agent Venom commission. Not trying to sound pushy, just wondering. 
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paco850 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Hey man

I have the lines done , just havn't had time to color it.  I can show you the illo so far if you want to see it, or I can wait.  Hope you are well my friend.  Been busy with my thesis, and preparing for my first meeting with my professors so that has pushed all my commissions back.  Let me know if you want to see the progress or wait for the finished product.

jw
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William406 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Nah, I just hadn't heard anything in about 6 weeks. 
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paco850 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Yeah sorry man I'm terrible about emailing I don't have any kind of real news. But I haven't forgot about you and I'll get him colored up and all that at some point I'll talk with you soon thanks
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