We had another long conversation about art last night. (Read last week’s post on this topic.) Since we both went to art school in what feels like a prior life, the act of thinking and talking about art as construct feels familiar.
Compare the impulse to make art to the impulse to start a business:
Businesses are started to solve a problem: “I can make a better map!” “Why can’t I find organic cotton underwear?” “How come there isn’t a coffee shop that sells fancy lattes on every corner?” “Why is it so difficult to get books on specific interests?”
Art projects start with inspiration- and inner urge to create, a question without an answer, an need to make that inner knowing real, tangible, expressible.
I used to paint and draw- a lot. From the age of about 5 till 26, I made piles and piles of 2-d visual material using pencils, pens, or paint. It was self-soothing, it was exploration, it was pleasure.
I don’t paint or draw anymore, or hardly at all, though I would if I thought it was the right medium for me. The issue, of course, is that when one grows up, begins working, and lives in a world where non-stop publishing and social media engagement is possible…it feels like art must be monetized. Somehow. Especially if it costs money and takes up space.
(There: those are the two reasons I chose fashion over art: the storage challenges and the art market.)
As Daniel likes to say, with only a bit of irony, the purpose of the art market is money laundering. There are only so many godfathers, gangsters, and oligarchs in this world who need their funds washed in the largest capital-creation-from-nothing market of art.
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