Crafty Manolo » Quickie Question: Where Is the Line?

Quickie Question: Where Is the Line?

By Twistie

I know, I know, Quickie Question is a monday thing. Well, it’s my blog and I can change the rules midstream if I like, so there.


This is Morgan Philips IV, aka The Sucklord. He’s an artist, currently competing on the Bravo reality series Work of Art. He’s a toy designer and artist and an evil genius. He’s also one of several artists currently on the show whose work begs the question: what is the point where it stops being crafts and starts being art?

Sucklord’s work tends to include glueing Star Wars action figures to most pieces, and has been known to feature sculpting styrofoam, as well. Another artist on the show, Michelle, works in elaborate paper sculptures. Dusty’s audition self-portrait was made by glueing crayons to the canvas in a 3-D masterpiece of alternative pointilism. In short, nearly everything half these artists have shown could fit comfortably into a fine craft show, as well as a fine art gallery.

So where is the line? Who determines whether it’s art or craft? Is the demarcation even valid anymore? Or do we simply emulate the famous words of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart about pornography: I know it when I see it?

Tell me what you think, people!

Comments are closed.

Disclaimer: Manolo the Shoeblogger is not Manolo Blahnik
Copyright © 2004-2009; Manolo the Shoeblogger, All Rights Reserved

  • Recent Comments:

  • Subscribe!



    Manolo the Shoeblogger

    Quirks of Art - Scrapbook & Rubber Stamping Supplies


  • Archives:

  • August 2013
  • December 2012
  • November 2012
  • October 2012
  • September 2012
  • August 2012
  • July 2012
  • June 2012
  • May 2012
  • April 2012
  • March 2012
  • February 2012
  • January 2012
  • December 2011
  • November 2011
  • October 2011
  • September 2011
  • July 2011
  • June 2011
  • May 2011
  • April 2011
  • March 2011
  • February 2011
  • January 2011
  • December 2010
  • November 2010
  • October 2010