It came to mind this would be an excellent place to ask for opinions on a topic I am researching.
What are your thoughts on art on the internet?
Sites such as Deviantart, where anyone with an email account can have their own online art gallery free to the public, are much different than the traditional gallery experience of having to travel to see original paintings or prints in a physical space or perusing collections of art in books. Even young people with no money or transportation can spend all day looking at art in great volume on their monitors for free, instantly.
The same idea extends to filmmakers, musicians, and other performing artists, who can share their work freely across the entire world with minimum or no restriction.
Skilled professionals can share their creative process and advice for free to anyone with an internet connection. People are able to connect to artistic communities online and decide they are artists, even if they have no training or support for an artistic career in real life.
With this, there are of course artists with remarkable talent able to share their work where they would have been unable before, and people in isolated situations finding support to help them along the path of creation. There are also waves of derivative work, a subculture of juvenile popularity contests, spreading of incorrect or counterproductive theory and work ethic, and tremendous amounts of copying and 'stealing' art.
What is your experience with this? Is it positive overall? Negative? Do you think young artists today have a different expectation of art? How do you think the value of art has been affected (monetarily or otherwise) by this mass-availability of art (particularly digital work, which has no 'original' copy)? What used to be considered art theft, and what is it now? What do you think the future of art looks like? How has the role of the gallery (and the art student) changed?
Apologies if any of this is poorly worded, just trying to get across my idea and maybe spark some discussion, feel free to jump into anything I may have missed, too. Personally I grew up with a tablet and polykarbon bbs and only recently began interacting with artists in real life, so I am especially interested in learning more about past tradition and ethos.
Thanks very much in advance.
PS- a few specific topics I am especially curious about: http://conceptart.org/forums/showpos...7&postcount=65