How to Make a Great Work of Art

First, you must cook up some fitting concept then decide on your medium. For example…

You may acquire a large blank canvas. Somewhere in the white expanse, smudge a thumb print of paint then declare it finished. Entitle the piece “Wanderer in a Sea of Fog.”

Get a large cardboard box. Rough it up a bit. Place it in the centre of the gallery space. Entitle the piece “Home Sweet Home.”

Bring your pet chinchilla (or chihuahua or cat or goat, etc.) to the gallery space and just hang out on the floor somewhere. If anyone asks, tell them you are doing a performance piece exploring the relationship between man and beast.

Hang a large curtain above an exit door somewhere in the gallery. Entitle the piece “The Final Curtain.”

Throw an inordinate amount of paint at an enormous canvas whilst paying no heed if it also goes all over the surrounding walls and ceiling. Call the piece “Chaos Theory.”

Acquire a large plastic blow-up animal, for example, a pig, and blow it up. Hang it suspended somewhere in the gallery space. Entitle the piece “The Physical Impossibility of Flight in the Mind of Someone at the Mercy of Gravity.” Underneath don’t write your name, write Damian Hirst.

Sit in the gallery space with your guitar and play as badly as you want for as long as you can with an empty cap placed somewhere in front of you. Do this earnestly and see if gallery visitors give you any money or come and watch assuming you are doing a performance piece. Do this until security moves you on. Even if the gallery disapprove, this makes the work more notorious, and in itself it becomes a protest piece against the elitist nature of the art world.

Failing the above, do a Banksy and bring in your own framed painting and hang it on an unsuspecting piece of wall until someone notices.

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© N Nazir 2021

NaPoWriMo Prompt: to write a poem as a series of directions describing how to get to a particular place.

My poem is more a series of instructions advising the aspiring artist on how to create a great work of art.

17 thoughts on “How to Make a Great Work of Art

  1. This was an entertaining post. I like all of these ideas and I see that these installations of art made the news because people talked about them.

    They’re meant to disrupt and antagonise. The simplicity of the concept drives the conversation – the gumption of the artist presenting riles us up.

    I hope to see one of your installations very soon. A take on one or more of the above?

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    1. Thanks Nicole! Yes, absolutely. I was referencing a few famous works whilst poking fun at them because as you say it provokes the conversation as to the artist’s intention. Which may or may not be useful in reminding art institutions as to what their purpose is to the public.

      I enjoy irony in art especially as it can be so high brow. Most of the above are my own ideas though of course they’ve probably been done.

      Thank you for reading and commenting 😊💗 I hope I get the opportunity to make an installation too at some point. ☀️💕

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      1. You have excellent ideas. I agree that there are lots of talented artists out there who put real effort into their work and art institutions should be supporting them. Good luck with your work. 😇

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      2. Aaah thanks Nicole! That’s very kind of you. Photography takes precedence at the moment but I always think you can’t beat the comfort of painting.

        I noticed you did some collage works and have a more multi-media approach which was quite bold. I enjoyed reading about your work too. When I have more time, I’ll have a good peruse of your blog. I’m sure you’re more in touch with what’s happening in the art world than I am! ☀️

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    1. Thanks John! ☀️ Yes, it’s tricky 😄 Perhaps you could get someone to dress up in a big canvas outfit and paint them in situ? You could have a water bomb fight with watercolours in celebration of something? Mmmmmm…. you’ve got me thinking now! 💛

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