concept, concept. what is a concept? i think it’s something that i’m supposed to know when i’m asked, “what is the concept behind your first ever five piop art walls?” hmm, perhaps that question is a bit of a stumper. well, the dictionary definition that’s on my laptop defines “concept” as such: “an abstract idea.” so, if i connect a couple of things, this is what happens: “the concept of my first ever five piop art walls is an abstract idea.”
now, an important thing to note is that sometimes i’m oblivious to the simplest things. and i don’t know why. but, at the same time other times i’m able to connect dots like they’ve never been connected before. and again, i don’t know why. but what i do know is that i care about creativity, uniqueness, and amazingness.
okay, well, let me tell you a few things about my five piop art walls throughout the 88,000 square foot soa building at gmu. we have a little bit of time, right? and listen, even though right now you’re the reader and i’m the writer, i want to have a brief conversation with you in this “artist statement.” i want a certain level of comfort and understanding to take place. and i don’t really feel like putting complex words together in a beautifully harmonious way that may be overly complicated with a certain formal structure that “should” exist in an “artist statement.”i could do that.i’ve done that in the past. but now, i want it to be you and me.
pretend you’re standing outside on a sunny day in london and you see a newspaper with a title that says, “arthur lugauskas is crazy because he thinks his piop art walls are ahead of their time.” and right next to that newspaper you see me – arthur lugauskas himself. what do you think i’m doing? my guess is that i’m probably standing and thinking about this newspaper heading like i stand and think in front of walls when i do piop art on them. you decide to approach me and ask about my first ever five piop art walls that you saw during an art show they were part of at gmu. then i kindly and, soon enough, passionately begin to speak and say the following:
“well, i didn’t really know what i was doing. i kind of knew to an extent, but not fully. and i made up this term ‘piop art.’ which means ‘perspectives inside of perspectives art.’ i felt like that’s where a certain kind of art i was doing fit categorically. and i actually got criticized for making up this ‘form of art’ and not fully knowing what i was doing. i was just being a kid, a creative, having fun playing. and i think kids are the geniuses of today’s day and age because they are everything and anything they want to be, they’re honest, they say what they feel and what’s real, and they’re leaders of their own thoughts and ideas. now note, i have ideas of what those first ever five piop art walls are about.