An Artist's responsibility

G'day guys.  :D 
I have been wanting to start this thread on this forum for a long time. Some of you might have heard Andrew Price, (the guy who runs Blender Guru)  talk about this topic some weeks ago in a pod cast. 
What i mean about an artists responsibility is where does the border go. What is okay to make and whats not okay. I am not only talking about  film but, 3D art and all kinds of visual art in general.
Is it example okay to make to animate a picture of an atomic bomb?  A friend of my did, he animated a still-photo and posted it several art pages. The feedback wasn't very positive. The picture is long gone from the Internet now, do i need to say more?
Here are two example
Think of todays modern warfare games like Battlefield and Cod etc. They give young people almost a pornographic representation of what war really is. Is that okay? 
If you go to almost any serous 3D art forum, and take a look at the gallery. I can almost guarantee you that every 10th picture is of some girl in a slutty outfit. "you gatta make what you love right?" Almost no one sets question around this. 

Its very hard to explain this topic and i am very bad to explain this since English inset my mother-tongue.
But hope you guys understand  :D
So, any tought? Whats and Artists responsibility?
I will leave you to an quote from Kurt Cobian 
"i would rather be hated for who i am than loved for who i am not."


  • duffman
    duffman Posts: 235 Enthusiast
    Should we, as artists, limit what we can create based on a precieved social norm?
    I believe as artists we have a responsibility only to ourselves to create our visions.
    Lets face it, no matter what you do you will always have detractors.  
    The better a man deserves the worse people will speak of him.
    There are no borders, boxes, or lines to be between for art.
    But there are small minds that will, read, listen, and view art trying to stuff it into their small world, instead of using it as a tool to try expanding their view or understanding.
    To everyone that creates and puts it out there for the world to experience, I tip my hat to you. It takes alot of guts to open yourself up to the possibilty of ridicule and rejection. 
    Would there have been a Kurt Cobian, Jackson Pollock, Frank Zappa, Andres Serrano, or a Kurt Vonnegut if they had limited their creations to what was preceived as acceptable?
    "Art for art sake.":-Oscar Wilde

  • ESPictures
    ESPictures Posts: 533 Just Starting Out
    I think of art as applied philosophy.  Every form of art reveals something about the nature of the artist creating it and the people who enjoy it.  For example, if you look at say Jackson Pollock (mentioned by Duff) I've never liked his paintings.  They're all random and chaotic and all they say to me is that the person who made them must think life is meaningless and chaotic because that's what his paintings are.  I don't dispute his right to paint that way or other people's right to enjoy the paintings though.  But it's not my thing. 
    Anyone should be able to create anything they want. 
    The responsibility is on people who view it.  If it's a child, their parents should carefully consider whether to allow them to view it based on their level of maturity.  Anyone can decide what art they wish to see and enjoy whatever they like.  No art is forced on anyone.  So I would say the artist is only responsible for themselves.  But having said that, I think a lot of artists should be a lot more careful in deciding what they want to convey.
  • SimonKJones
    SimonKJones Posts: 4,448 Enthusiast
    Theoretically there are no limits, but it depends entirely on context.
    For example, if you're making a show for kids aged 5, you have different responsibilities as an artist than if you were making something for adults. You can still fully express yourself as an artist, but the context is very different and will inevitably affect the results.
    Ultimately, it's up to the audience to judge an artist. If an artist makes something reprehensible, I would expect the audience to tell them so. But I wouldn't want that artist to feel prevented or restricted from making the thing in the first place.