CSMatt wrote:I disagree. Very much of art is about interpretation. That's why so many people say art is anything.
So Ramy tends to take a theme and step outside the proverbial box? How is that out of theme? Woot intentionally doesn't constrain their artists that much so they allow for creativity. I see headphones, music notes, a music bandanna(which no one would wear unless they're really into music), and a life/death theme.
Looks on topic to me. Of course I first look at the theme, scope out the submissions, and then look closely at designs. If I can say to myself, "Yea I could see the theme." Then I'm set.
grayehound wrote:Aren't themes open to artistic interpretation, or does every design have to fall within a narrow interpretation of The Law to satisfy the critics? Artists, by nature, look for the edges of acceptable and push on it to see how far things can go. I kinda doubt this design is an overt attempt to do that, it's more a re-purposing of a prior design to fit in the theme, but it still challenges what the theme is about and that's not a bad thing. Judging that this design isn't "on topic" is just silly, but then again we aren't the ones to make that judgement, are we?.
First of all, Adder I am sorry for doubting you on the multiple accounts thing. More and more it is looking like you're right. Please accept my apologies.
CSMatt, art isn't anything and anybody who says so doesn't know what art is. While art may be subjective, it is not all encompassing. (For example, this post is not art.) Stepping out of the box (as you put it) is not off theme nor should it be immediate cause for rejection. Rather, the tenuous hold onto the theme is what should be cause for rejection. Subtle references aside, awkwardly slapping music notation into an already worked piece is not on theme. And I'll be honest, I don't see how "a life/death theme" fits in with music, but that could just be beyond me.
grayehound, most of what I could have said to you I just said to CSMatt, so please apply it accordingly. Instead, I'd like to address a bigger issue. This design isn't art. It may look a lot like the art that you and I have come to know and love, but it isn't it. It is a poor imitation of art. It strives to say something (anything!), but ultimately it is just mildly interesting to look at (and even that is pushing it). This can best be described as a graphic design. Something done purely for profit. There is no message to be gleaned. It's just there to be looked at. Maybe if you have enough people look at it while you wear it, they'll think you're clever (but I doubt that). But nobody will think you're wearing art.