I don't know what it's like in Australia, but there are so many galleries around that take a wide array of art. You may not make it as a big name in New York, but you can have great success painting what you want if you just make sure you search for people and galleries with the same interests as you. It just takes a little looking.
No one else's art is really having anything to do with your own success.
Edit: It's probably fair to note that several times in this post I say things such as "art is _____". Please note that this, obviously, is personal opinion and so far as you are concerned, I might as well be from the planet Teegeeack.
The term..."artist", is not a fancy title. It is not a goal, it isn't a label anyone here should be concerned about in any way, shape, or form. It is, by incredibly simple definition, someone who practices "art". Which I think we can all agree, is up for a lot of interpretation.
This may just be my definition of the word, but I would share it with the community for any who are interested.
Anyone can call themselves an artist. Most everyone in the world has the capacity for creativity, and the ego to proclaim themselves as whatever they want. It is, however, as with most everything else -based singularly on their opinion or interpretation of the term.
It is a term, it isn't anything to worry about, and it is NOT something you should be trying to "achieve" in life. I can't stop anyone from calling whatever they want, whatever they want...but in truth, whether or not anyone thinks you're an artist, a great artist, or full of crap, it matters not.
In my opinion, what makes someone an artist is much more than their artwork. Maybe it's completely and utterly asinine, but there are some people who can produce AMAZING artwork, of mindblowing quality. But I do not consider them artists, because of the way they live their lives.
An artist to me, is more than someone who doodles or paints, it is more than what you produce on paper for the sake of appealing to the senses. What makes one an artist, is how they live their lives, and in what they decide to do every single day.
The handling of a difficult moment in life with a friend, how you treat your girlfriend, the way you carry yourself while walking around Wal-Mart, the way you control your emotions, and how you deal with your own failures. Depending on how you do it, it can almost all be an art form in and of itself. How you choose your words when you're in an argument, how you avoid certain topics and approach situations with your family members to try and maintain a sense of "peace" in the household - it's practically a dance, a very delicate balance that takes effort, practice, control, and experience to maintain. Just like what we usually call "art".
Art is...beauty, and I suppose you could say it's similar to religion. To say one is "religious", can be completely and utterly different from saying they're a good person. Similarly, one can easily be labeled an "artist" when the ONLY decent thing about them, is their paintings. Hardly beautiful, and hardly worth worrying about.
Personally, I care not whether people define me as an artist. I don't even really care if I'm able to refer to myself as such. It doesn't matter how many people respond to your posts, it doesn't matter how much money you're making, it doesn't matter how talented you are or aren't, it doesn't matter if every single painting you post gets criticized beyond reason, or that the people whose art is frequently displayed in museums makes no sense. And while I would like to do what I do as a career one day, and be acknowledged as a talented artist and a powerful force in the artistic community - even that, really, does not matter. It won't stop me regardless. All I want is to be able to put my various talents to use in some way as to make my wife happy, so that at the end of my lifetime I know they were not wasted.
Maybe that makes me an artist. Maybe it doesn't. Maybe my defining an artist with all of the above, and striving to be that, makes me completely and utterly hypocritical as per the opening statement to this post. I'd like to think that I can safely call myself an artist without being hanged by an angry mob of city folk, but if I can't that's ok. And if some jerk who spreads feces on a canvas prior to painting over it with splatter marks wants to call himself the best artist in the world because he's reaching multiple senses, that's fine. Because the title isn't my goal, and it never should be.
Last edited by Two Listen; December 3rd, 2009 at 01:40 PM.
Artist is a romantic tag. As soon as I felt like I sort of knew what I was doing I became embarrassed every time someone referred to me as an artist. Call me anything, but late for dinner, but don't weigh me down with the artist title.
Last edited by bcarman; December 3rd, 2009 at 09:51 PM.
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Daz, weren't you the guy who made that "Hail Satan" thread? And now you've made a "abstract art isn't art" thread?
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So Daz, one minute you say you are not serious and that you are trolling, which basically should set you up for at least a ban from the lounge.
And then the next post is the same ridicolous yapping that people doing art that doesn't fit your short list of criteria are hurting art in some way, by reducing the focus on traditional skills.
So basically, you're trying to rationalize your opinions by claiming you don't have them, only to wait a few hours and then state the same opinions with the type of indignation that just can't be faked.
but what if that problem doesn't solve itself? In fact what if that problem grows and becomes a modern definition of X or even the entire alphabet?"It's not that I don't agree, it's that I don't CARE. This is a problem that solves itself; they'll either drop out, or they'll actually start to learn something, or they'll manage to bullshit their way through to graduation and then never be heard from again"
We dont have to CARE for as long as it doesnt affect us, but what if it grows to a point that it does? Because we are not the producers of X, yet that's what is in demand. And we only have a choice to either also start making X just to make a living, or continue to make our different letter, but watch it fail compare to how well X is doing. And we should be disappointed because X sucks and should not be tolerated.
A healthy Industry is something that has room for all the alphabet, some letters are more popular than others because everyone has preferences, but an industry will crash and burn if one letter grows too large and takes over. Especially if its X, because to me, X is not just a different genre, but a disease, corruption, problem, X = a work that wont pass the test of time, because it lacks quality.
This analogy might be confusing so I should follow with examples:
The game industry crashed before Nintendo, because companies were only churning out quick-cash crap.
The comicbook industry is not as huge and profitable as it used to be. Same with the American 2D Animation industry. because, i think, both of these industries were defined by 3 companies(Marvel/DC, Disney). And if those companies arent as great as they were before, neither is the industry.
Did you know Tom York gave both Kanye West and Miley Cirus the cold shoulder when they wanted to talk to him? Its a bit rude but I cant blame him, because they are a part of the Music industry's X, and lately that letter has been getting way more airtime in media. X is in more demand than Radiohead.
Its a matter of taste by the (ignorant) consumers, sure. But we are not the consumers, we are part of the alphabet and we would cheer X on, even if its not our own, but like I said, X doesnt care for quality in itself, so we should hate it.
Also I think we already know this, but I have to stress it out: An industry (the whole alphabet) depends on the money of the ignorant mainstream (the only supporters of X because they dont know any better) to flourish, but an industry will only survive for decades because of the hardcore critics and makers who take it seriously, and they all hate X, because if we all supported X, the industry will burn the moment people realize how much X sucks.
Last edited by nauvice; December 3rd, 2009 at 10:05 PM.
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