“Never play to the gallery. Never work for other people in what you do. Always remember that the reason you initially started working was there was something inside yourself that, if you could manifest it, you felt you would understand more about yourself. I think it’s terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfill other people’s expectations.” David Bowie
while I will never consider myself an artist, I have had a few artists mention that I have the mind of one as I invent and work up ideas. it is like when someone called me a renaissance man years ago, I was a bit hurt and offended in thinking the definition meant “old man” and not one that does several things fairly well – while not being a specialist in one. the artist mentality in its purest sense is something I do understand in people create feed something inside them, for no other reason than it is something that is a passion and makes their heart sing.
but somewhere along the way, the imperfect world has flaws or imperfection in each of us, much like many diamonds on the planet. many artists are not really driven or motivated for the sake of making art, but rather the idea of fame/fortune/and the trappings that a few achieve.
what is ironic is that my art dealing friend keeps telling me that the art world is not very kind to artists in revenue sharing, and there are a whole lot of people out playing a game of dishonesty and greed in people wanting to “possess” the great art. I guess there is an entire black market for folks to hold art that will never see the light of day in a museum. sad, but now that I type, art is a bit like everything else where we attach value to the piece of “stuff.”
there is an artist I met in Sausalito who teaches a friend how to paint. he is an amazing artist and has an interesting thing in that I don’t know if he has ever sold a painting, or tired to. it is not that his work isn’t good, but rather, he somehow becomes attached to the creation. whether or not this is a good or bad thing, I do not know – I don’t hang out in the art world or follow it. when I was traveling the world and others were off drinking and trying to get laid, I would be drinking cafes and visiting the amazing plethora of museums around the planet. today, I do understand the “why” of the art we consider great. after seeing so much amazing art on the planet, I also don’t need to buy or collect it anymore (animation art was my odd love, and old photographs)
to me, I look at the masters who created and produce and marvel and will try to learn from them. each really had a gift and the timing and talent was fascinating how over history it all came to be.
I am not so excited about today’s digital or computer created “art.” I do get that it is an art form, yet, it is like the buzzword of parametric architecture – a computer was and is needed to make the design a reality. you also have some art that makes me scratch my head with the shops where the artist doesn’t even touch the work – he just came up with the idea and a team of craftsmen and women make the idea come to life. they produce some really amazing things, but why not call it collaborative art? not the work of one person who forgets he had a team of people helping him?
lastly, while I love live entertainment. we have become so jaded with art in that talent is now taking a backseat to the hype and needing more schtick and a brand. it used to be that real talent found its way onto the stage.
more and more I am hearing that real talent gets to hide under the stage and play because the people up on the stage, who look so fine and cool – can’t look good and play all that well.
all my life I designed big stages, big ideas, giant immersive places…and today…you know what I appreciate? put a man or woman on a stage that actually writes the song, can play it the way they hear it in their head, sing it in a reasonable fashion without a team of techs and roadies to wipe their derrieres and they perform with their heart.
sounds odd? or I am just weird? I see the distance between performers and the audience anymore with festival stages and go, “wow, that is really intimate...the band is 100-150 feet from the nearest patron, separated by stage barriers and a sea of security…a few hundred thousand people all crammed together paying a lot of money to get blitzed and stoned and think, “wow, what an amazing time!"
"I saw him on the giant screen, I waved at him...he appeared to wave at me...it was such an intimate show! weeeeeeee!"
you hear that on plane rides out of Las Vegas. “oh wow, I blew all my money but had so much fun! cool!”
I never thought that mentality would trickle into watching people pay the ticket prices for sporting and entertainment ticket prices commanded by even mediocre bands these days. but they sure do – and are. exactly, "why?"
what does this do with an artist mindset? I guess while it would be really nice to have the gods of entertainment or innovation drop a giant was of money on my head…it would simply accelerate the process of feeding people and making spaces to help people get out of the noise of the world and not run so much to the path of medicating and needing to be stimulated with entertainment.
what I do sense is that the planet is going to have a not so nice upheaval in the next few years. I pray I am wrong, but there are too many trains seeming to be driving on limited track space for something not to go wrong.
I guess David Bowie is a bit like Pablo Picasso in my eyes. I really never was a fan of either, nor did I understand until later in life when I studied what they were doing and when….it was later that you realized just how amazing their creative minds were. everyone in the know that worked with Bowie mentioned he was an amazing human. I don’t know anyone that worked with Picasso, but people mention he indeed has amazing talents – yet – as a human being – was a bit lacking.
myself…I don’t consider myself an artist. more like a guy with a lot of ideas wanting to burst out that is in a world that seems to be 10 steps behind. what I do get a sense of urgency is getting Agrowspace into the planet so that maybe a few people don’t go hungry. I chuckle at the controlled people spaces in that they really aren’t needed if you want to pay the price and take the time.
people are too busy working on their brand, want to ingest a pill to medicate, or simply will take an idea from someone else to save time on research and development and creation costs.
but the one actually creating – I don't’ think It matters, as in their heart – they know the real story.
“First, gather up some dreams and then follow your passions to do what makes your heart sing. The riches of money might follow second. If not, you will have still lived each day a very wealthy and fulfilled man.” me (Mr. mark)