The Celebrity of Art

I only respect artists for whom the creation of the work is more important than celebrity. Don’t tell me about what you have done….show me what you do.

I know that it is hard, because we are frequently told that our art resume is what lends credibility to our work. But I am always more interested in the work then anything else.

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Tiny Steps Forward

I keep taking these wonderful tiny steps forward, but feel like I also keep getting stuck in limbo after each step. Waiting on the big break to open up in front of me. And each tiny step forward…is excruciatingly hard work.

Every bump in the road takes so much fucking work to get past…I sometimes wonder where I am going to get the energy to surmount the next one. And then…a tiny upswing and wouldn’t you know….I get proactive all over again. Glutton that I am for tiny happinesses.

More on Social Media and Artmaking

In the old days, an artist worked in solitude. They built a portfolio of finished work long before the public had a chance to see any of it. Works in progress were kept under wraps and lesser works were often destroyed by the artist who understood that not everything was a masterpiece meant to be seen. That much of what they created were practice pieces meant only for the sake of self-exploration and artistic evolution.

In this day of social media and the ability to instantly show everything that we are doing, many artists are “posting” everything. In my mind that could be doing the artist, art collector and art world in general, a huge disservice. Not only are we being invited in to see work that is not as strong perhaps as what someone might do if they let it develop in private – but because the public is by virtue of the medium, invited to comment immediately on the work, the masses might be having a huge influence on the development of art.

Is this phenomenon inevitably going to affect the direction of artwork? Because we, as artists, are also of course, wanting to sell our work – will we be impacted negatively by the direction that comments or preemptive sales might lead us? Is there still a value to keeping work in private? In not showing works in progress? In building bodies of work and not just throwing every individual piece out there? I have several friends who are working on series/bodies of work that they wish to be seen in their entirety. It is an interesting thing. If they show these pieces in social media, they may find that they are saying no to sales so that they can “finish” the work first. Risky, right?

What are your thoughts on all if this. Is it a good thing to show WIPs or not? Can it be a problem when you show everything that you are working on? Could this keep you from evolving? Should we be sitting on work and letting ourselves reflect more privately on what we are doing before we show the public? I ask this because I have been asking it of myself. I love showing work right away. I am not only proud of what I have doing, excited by it – but let’s face it, I could use the money that might come from a sale. Any sale. Then again, I miss the days of working on my own and slowly percolating ideas. What to do……?

Film!

I went to a Thoroughbred stud farm yesterday. I will pick up the 3 rolls of negatives at the lab later today. I look forward to seeing what is there. Film photography is filled with surprise. It is one of the very best things about it.

Business and the Media

In this day and age, it is quite difficult to get a business off the ground. And yet, the growth of new business, large and small, is of key importance in our economy. It is what keeps our county and communities vital and fiscally healthy. Here in the US, we are seeing a sudden resurgence of interest in micro-businesses. A return to the Mom&Pop small town business model.

Question – What role, if any, can and does the media play in the growth and support of a new business? Is there an successful model of partnership between business and media being developed or already in use out there?

Betrayed

Totally and completely ripped off by someone I trusted and respected as a friend and colleague. Wow….just completely blindsided. People never fail to amaze me. Feeling angry and vulnerable. It is one thing when it is a stranger inspired by your work, another when it is someone you thought you had a relationship with nearly copying it. I know that you can’t copyright a word or an idea, but DAMN. When you are as talented as this person is, why do you have to steal inspiration from someone else? I will not out them here, but I hope that they see this and know how pissed off and hurt that I am.