‘Til the break of dawn.
Either I’m gonna catch hell for this or my five seconds of internet fame has elapsed and nobody will care. Buuut…
There just might be too many “artists” in the world.
From the article I found earlier this month:
That there is a certain similarity in the overall look of the art seems both a positive and cautionary sign. On the one hand, it means that there is a global conversation going on between emerging artists who are represented by smaller, less commercial spaces and that a movement, of sorts, exists.
On the other hand, that sameness in this particular style of art making raises questions about originality and whether there’s much of it to be had in this particular strata of the art world.
Then I found this amusing article.
And lastly, I’ll have to recount what I remember from some lecture/article/interview I vaguely recall. The discussion was about digital film-making and its explosion post-Robert Rodriguez. The guy says that while the quantity of digital film has increased and made it more available/acceptable, the quality of film has decreased. Basically, I understood the argument as taking a number of aspiring filmmakers, filter them through film school and you end up with only a fraction becoming filmmakers. But now with Robert Rodriguez, some kids watch Spy Kids and decide they want to make films. What do they do? They grab their digital camera, start shooting and voila! instant filmmaker. The more accessible the medium, the more democratic the education, the lower the standards of quality (Overall. Or is is it the average?). So yeah, there are more films being made but the gems become fewer and farther in between.
This past weekend, I saw alot of art. It got me thinking about why so many people are choosing to turn away from critical careers as doctors, nurses, and teachers to instead search for some utopian existence as an “artist”. You know, someone who stays up painting all night, joins in on protests, uhhh… builds cakes… and uhhh… other stuff. Then they find out that walking this path is best left for those with trust funds or a high tolerance for self-inflicted poverty.
The way I sees it, art presents itself as two conflicting possibilities. One is an artist continually working and improving their skillset, challenging and adding to the history of art. The other is a craftsperson producing objects for the market while identifying themselves as artists. There wasn’t much to see, even in the spaces where I expected to see something good, there was more of what’s been seen before. Don’t worry. Its happening all over the place (read the fourth comment). Yeah I know, a studio sale is not where I should expect to find some amazing new work, but it would be nice to be excited about more than just the foot traffic. That’s the mood I’m in.
Yet, I was happy to see so many people out and about. I’m glad sales were happening. Maybe I’m jealous of missing out on all the action.
Lets eat turkey! Gobble, gobble!
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.