The Paintings of Holton Rower

Modern psychedelic art?

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+23 1. ValdeLevis commented 11 years ago

That looks like what your mother told you would happen if you filled up on sweets before dinner.
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+5 2. Koolxxx commented 11 years ago

Psychedelic art is a type of artwork inspired by psychedelic experiences that are brought on as a side-effect by various drugs and substances known as hallucinations. The art movement began in the 1960′s where sex, drugs and rock and roll played a huge role in the culture, and before long this artistic style was being used in concert posters, album art covers, comic books and newspapers. One particular style of psychedelic artwork was inspired by the hallucinations experienced by a drug called LSD, which was known for its kaleidoscopic patterns, similar to those the younger generation experienced with the popular kaleidoscope toy.
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+60 3. banzemanga commented 11 years ago

Just pour and let nature do the work for you. No need to put any effort into drawing or sculpting. The new trend is the lazy way.
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+8 4. Araniko commented 11 years ago

Creativity Runs Wild!! :)
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+13 5. Pepperoni39 commented 11 years ago

Looks pretty good... i like it!
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+13 6. rnots commented 11 years ago

Reminds me of Jackson Pollock's work; The art seems alive, especially when you see it move. Great art, great video.
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+35 7. y3lom commented 11 years ago

I just dont get art, if kids did this, its called a mess, if grownups did, its called 'art' :P
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+16 8. SimonaEA commented 11 years ago

wish I could make the walls to my room look like that 8-)
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+6 9. sacredmaniac commented 11 years ago

Fantastic but i wonder how they deal with the tickness of the painting at the bottom
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+1 10. irishgek commented 11 years ago

This is not painting and its also nothing new they was doing this back in the 60's on t shirts and bits of string , this is not art ! what skill is involved there but pouring paint....
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+5 11. SyntheticLF commented 11 years ago

Double paintball all the way
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+2 12. LQoQK commented 11 years ago

finally Art that I can do and even a monkey would do
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+3 13. IDK399 commented 11 years ago

Looks pretty but Such a waste of paint on this "artist". No effort,no talent, no vision. Might as well shine a torch through a dish of water with drops of oil onto a wall and call it art. And at the end they nod their heads in unison happy with their "achievement" of nothing.

The Youtube posting of this has them at 490 Likes to 2 Dislikes... Make that 3 :D
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+1 14. JasonBender commented 11 years ago

It's very pretty, in the same way that a roll of wallpaper might look 'pretty'.
The convenient thing about 'art' is that any attempt at definition is doomed to failure. So, is this art? They would say so. I would not. @13 make that 4.
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+1 15. IDK399 commented 11 years ago

@14 Thanks. How is this different than a pipe bursting at the paint factory. Sistine chapel is art, Monalisa is art, but this? read the comments on youtube, what planet are they from.
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+4 16. JasonBender commented 11 years ago

Sadly, anything is possible in the all-encompassing name of 'art'.

How about this:

I produce 'a work of art' very similar to this every morning.
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+6 17. Fergus_Thedog commented 11 years ago

The fact that you could do this is irrelevant; you did not. And if you do it now, you weren't first, so once again irrelevant.

The new materials in play here, which seem to harden thus enabling the finished pieces to 'hang' afterward, were not available in the 60s or 70s during 'op art' and thus this is a valid new spin on an existing idea. Perspective was 'done' in the renaissance, but is still widely used and very relevant. Art is a cycle and not linear, and as I was watching this I was thinking that this was a fantastic expression of many contemporary ideas such as the expanding universe being captured (as in in our perspectives) in a moment of time, just as Cubism echoed relativity and Jackson Pollock's expressionism is said to suggest ideas inherent within quantum physics.

It is easy for idiots to condemn art.
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+4 18. JasonBender commented 11 years ago

"It is easy for idiots to condemn art."

It's also easy for idiots to produce art.

And it's only marginally more difficult for idiots to pretend they're smart by pontificating on the perceived inner meaning of a work of art. Hint: Big words can come in useful here:

"....a fantastic expression of many contemporary ideas such as the expanding universe being captured (as in in our perspectives) in a moment of time, just as Cubism echoed relativity and Jackson Pollock's expressionism is said to suggest ideas inherent within quantum physics."

Hilarious :|
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+5 19. Highmeadow commented 11 years ago

My problem is not the "definition" of art, but the valuation of art. If this artist can make a comfortable living off this ONE idea she had (that takes little or no effort to produce), then so be it. But when someone's work becomes ridiculously over-priced, such as Pollock's or Newman's - I would personally prefer to see a little skill involved. It's not the artists or art that I object to, it is the community of hoity-toity art critics and speculators that drive the careers of artists for their own fame and fortune.
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+3 20. JasonBender commented 11 years ago

There will always be gullible people who can be taken in by anything, and in the process pay outrageous prices for items which appear to have little intrinsic value. Having said that of course, it has to be conceded that the 'value' of something is precisely what people are prepared to pay for it. This is the same for any commodity, be it oil, gold, tea or coffee. In this way I group together much of today's 'art' in with other such speculative commodities.

I have no objection to 'artists' managing to make a financial killing in their chosen enterprise, but what irks me is when they feel compelled to convince everyone of the important, deep, hidden meaning buried within their work. Stop the pretence guys. The game is up. There is no deep meaning to oil, gold, tea or coffee, and there's no deep meaning to this upturned paint pot experience either.
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-2 21. IDK399 commented 11 years ago

@16 :D . Where is the week old pizza crust, or the stains from the week before? >:)
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+2 22. JasonBender commented 11 years ago

Good question. I ate the entire pizza, so no crust, and the stains from the previous six months are on the side of the bed hidden by the sheets. I always sleep on that side.
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0 23. IDK399 commented 11 years ago

Nasty dude. :D Now that's art >:)
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+3 24. JasonBender commented 11 years ago

Odd you should say that, because the last time I sent my sheets to the laundry, the girl behind the counter said that their texture and shading was reminiscent of the elliptical planetary orbits, symbolising the inconsistencies of modern-day with the ultimate progressive and polarising dexterity epitomised by Picasso, Banksy and Walt Disney.

I told her it was just some shit and spunk.
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+3 25. Republican commented 11 years ago

Who`s cleaning? :P
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+3 26. Highmeadow commented 11 years ago

JasonBender - Exactly. :D
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+4 27. closecut commented 11 years ago

love it im having a go!!!!

update: carpets fucked, girlfriends gone ape shit!!!
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+4 28. JasonBender commented 11 years ago

It certainly could have gone differently:

Carpet covered in ape shit, girlfriend fucked.
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+9 29. wluce0 commented 11 years ago

The song is from Philip Glass though i cannot identify the name of this one in particular.
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+7 30. Platonic commented 11 years ago

#29 (Philip Glass) Kronos Quartet - String Quartet No. 3
Mishima: IV. 1962-Body Building
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+3 31. SunshineEddy commented 11 years ago

my biggest question is why this Holton Rower guy is credited with being the artist when the girl is obviously the one doing all the pouring? If you google the name, any references to Holton are in terms of "he" and "his." So, WHY is HE getting all the credit (and probably money) when SHE is the one creating the patterns? Because it was his idea? Then he should make his own paint sculptures and quit making his interns do all the work......
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+3 32. cripplecog commented 11 years ago

It's all art.
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+2 33. DCL commented 10 years ago

There's no mention of the real art; the mixing of exact colors, and the artist, acting as a director. telling his assistants where and how to pour the paint. I like the end product. :D You don't get vibrant colors from purely random mixing or random sequence of colors.
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+2 34. jojotin commented 10 years ago

what a waste of paint