The Critic


My favorite childhood movie is "History of the World Part 1" by Mel Brooks and it is filled with cheeky and slapstick humor. The opening scene was narrated by Orson Welles and his distinguished voice lent gravitas to a silly scenario. A caveman painted an animal on a cave wall with his cohorts looking on in awe. Shortly thereafter, another caveman appeared and took in the painting. His reaction was to urinate over it. The narrator continues with the following adage - "Of course, with the birth of the artist, came the inevitable afterbirth, the critic."

Sea Turtle - Art of Everyone

Sea Turtle - Art of Everyone

This leads me back to the age old question of subjectivity versus objectivity in art and what gives a critic the right to criticize. I'm a mathematician, so I tend to be pragmatic about situations in life. With subjectivity and objectivity on either sides of a bell curve, there is a huge gray area in between. Based on our individual life experiences, we will tend to fall on either side of the median and look at art from slightly different to extreme perspectives. 

Warm Lineage - Brad Noble

Warm Lineage - Brad Noble

I would like to offer some perspective about the role of the critic and how we view art from artist Brad Noble.

 IAN: What do you think of subjectivity in art?

 BRAD: Subjectivity is what gives artists the freedom to express how they feel, take leaps and trust the subtle impulses that might otherwise be undefined.

 IAN: Have critics affected your work? Early career versus now?

BRAD: I’m sure critics have prevented others from experiencing my work unbiased, but I think it is better than being ignored completely.

IAN: Do you think it is fair for critics to judge your work, which comes from your personal life experiences? How much of your life can they appropriate in order to fully understand and judge? 

BRAD: Any work of art, put out in the world, is inviting opinions. It’s expected and for me part of the fun of the creation process to try to anticipate the various POV thrown at a piece. You can tell a lot about a person by what they notice in a piece of art, be it a gut reaction or an educated deduction, It comes from them guessing my motivations, and usually they are wrong. 

IAN: Do you think your work is judged on a technical or emotional level? 

BRAD: I think my work is looked at as being a technical mixture of emotional ambiguity, I try to remain in the middle so the viewer can project their feelings...

IAN: Do you think the art world has become too rarefied for the average person to participate?

BRAD: Instagram and social media has expanded the rarefied aspect and put the artist back in control of their message.  I think we are witnessing a rebirth of expression because we can now bypass the institutions and find our voices without the gate keepers.

IAN: Who criticizes the critics?

BRAD: The public can now weigh in on the discussion, a critic now has instant critics criticizing their criticisms. 

White Unicorn

White Unicorn


Artist In All Of Us


From the first caveman who recognized the power of the pigment and drew on a cave wall or arranged rocks in a field, to our current human inception, there has been some artistic capability entrenched in all of us. In some, it is benign, and in others the creative power can be explosive. The ability to express our emotions tangibly is the power that binds us as higher species.

Not everyone is able to express themselves in a transcendental manner, but is does not mean that we all can't create art on some level.  Some may not have access to the tools to create, some may be afraid of expressing themselves, and for many others, the daily struggle to survive takes precedence over being creative.

Art has the power to challenge the way we think or change the way we perceive the world. "Guernica" by Pablo Picasso showed us the gore, tragedy and chaos of war, not the glory. With "The Persistence of Memory" by Salvador Dali, time did not stand still, it was no longer linear, it became visceral. As a child, these two paintings were etched in my memory and encouraged my desire to be an artist.


I'm from a developing country and the art department was minuscule. The tools of the trade were scant - brushes were splayed, we had to hide paint in order to complete projects and we painted on Bristol board - Third World Art. However, we had a passionate teacher who taught us the rudimentary skills of mixing and brushstrokes. She was always encouraging, which made the few students persevere.  I painted through high school and junior college, but unfortunately, I had to follow the pragmatic road and study math and biology to further my education.

Life happens, and we get caught up in the sundry business of paying bills, which take precedence over the creative process.  I have not painted since my college years but I have always yearned to do so.


Recently, I attended a demonstration for Art of Everyone. I was hesitant at first and unsure of my skills. However, the director artist began to guide me using a laser light and his voice. The lines were mine! The strokes were mine! A part of me was etched onto the canvas. I felt awake with a rush of joy and passion that I haven't felt in years.


As the evening progressed, many guests took turns in completing the communal work. It was a treat to see the faces of children light up as they painted and were being connected to a part of the community.  With Art of Everyone, we become a literal extension of a fine artist.  Everyone can participate, and everyone can be engaged. No longer an elitist activity, art is now for everyone - The Democratization of Art.


Art Inspired by The Roswell Alien Interview Transcripts

By Ashley Child

Art of Everyone -  Is Be  (front)

Art of Everyone - Is Be (front)

Art of Everyone -  Is Be  (back)

Art of Everyone - Is Be (back)

While listening to The Roswell Alien Interview we were wildly captivated and started painting as we listened and processed what we were hearing. As a collaboration, our team of artists contributed their ideas and responses to a large scale canvas. One guided from in front with a laser and the other painted from behind. This painting is a collection of different points of views, different approaches and different emotions and yet it all comes together as a unique and united piece of art. 

The Roswell Alien Interview consists of official Top Secret U.S. Army Air Force interview transcripts and personal notes that Lawrence R. Spencer received from the late Matilda O'Donnell MacElroy who was the nurse and companion of the one surviving extraterrestrial being that was rescued from the UFO crash site. The extraterrestrial who went by the name of Airl would only communicate with Mrs. MacElroy. For six weeks, Airl communicated telepathically with Mrs. MaclEroy and no one else. Sixty years after the Roswell crash, Mrs. MacElory felt the moral and ethical obligation to share these transcripts and included a note with her transcripts. "Mankind needs to know the answers to questions which are contained in these documents: Who are we? Where did we come from? What is our purpose on Earth? If there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe why have they not contacted us? It is vital that people understand the devastating consequences to our physical and spiritual survival if we fail to take effective action to undo the long-standing and pervasive effects of alien intervention on Earth." 

We encourage you to to listen to these fascinating transcripts and revisit this art and see how it compares to how you reacted to what you heard and what you retained. The transcripts contain a plethora of information that can easily envelop you. 

Here are just a few excerpts of many things that resonated with us.


“IS-BEs (Immortal Spiritual Beings) have been dumped on Earth from all over the galaxy, adjoining galaxies, and from planetary systems all over the “Old Empire”, like Sirius, Aldebaron, the Pleiades, Orion, Draconis, and countless others. There are IS-BEs on Earth from unnamed races, civilizations, cultural backgrounds, and planetary environments. Each of the various IS-BE populations have their own languages, belief systems, moral values, religious beliefs, training and unknown and untold histories.” - Airl


"IS-BEs are brainwashed using extreme electronic force in order to maintain Earth's population in a state of perpetual amnesia." - Airl

Art-of-Everyone AOE

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