I'm really glad you stopped by! I'd like to proceed with our getting acquainted under an assumption that you're here because you have a certain appreciation for art. It's OK if you don't. Just be aware: I will try everything in my web-limited power to change that.
Don't be afraid: I'm not on a mission to turn ordinary citizens into art connoisseurs… I wouldn't dare to torture a sane person with too much modern art "connoisseuring", and I don't think it's necessary for everyone to 'understand' art. I simply believe an ability to see beauty, and liking some art is a pretty nice way to enrich one's life, and I appreciate when I can be a part of that.
It's true that as an artist you create a lot of your work for yourself. Because you HAVE TO. There are emotions, thoughts, and ideas inside of you that you just have to let out. Nonetheless, I realize that no matter how much artists would like to believe it's all about them, in reality art is hardly about the people who create it. Granted, art could be construed as a silent dialogue between the artist and his/her audience. However, to be valid it has to rely solely on the audience's participation and interpretation of the subject. Ultimately, there is no art without an audience (be it an audience of one or a million).
On the other hand, I'm a strong believer that an audience (i.e. modern society) needs art just as much as a modern artist needs his/her audience. In everyday life, there is less and less need to use one's imagination, and art is important precisely because it allows the public to use their imagination. Nowadays, everything from kitchen appliances to political messages are being carefully researched with focus groups, packaged, and spat out at us leaving no room for us to think and feel for ourselves, and to figure out what we are truly like as individuals. There is no more L'Art pour L'Art (trans: art for art's Sake. Pardon my French). Art turned into something that you buy at a furniture store to match your new drapes. Art has turned into decor. We buy brightly colored abstracts to add some color to our pastel colored dwellings the same way we buy stainless steel appliances. Both are in vogue at the moment. I'm sure you can understand how it makes me feel as an artist. ...and a human.
We are given one life. To live it fully you must engage all your senses. Ephemeral desires for material things rarely leads to long-time satisfaction. However, love and appreciation for art, music, and literature do. If people forget how to enjoy all of the above, what will be left? Mindless sameness, equipped with the latest smart phone; that's what! Not to sound overly dramatic, but at times I feel like I am a warrior in a fight for the soul of humanity, with my weapons being creativity, beauty, imagination, and my passion for art. Please don't give up on art. Take your time to sort out through all the garbage being passed as art, and find pieces that speak to you. You'll know when you discover that special connection with a work of art. It will make you feel alive, and it will make you feel special…
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"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso
"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."
"This world is but a canvas to our imaginations."
"If you find yourself asking yourself (or your friends) "Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?" Chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self confident. The real one is scared to death." Steven Pressfield