I’ve been thinking.
Thinking a lot about “noise” and “Signal” (Thank you Zack Arias) and to what I’m “tuned into” nowadays.
There are so many people out in the blogsphere that have something “shiny and new” to tell you everyday ( My last post was December 2013 before this one) so I don’t blame you if you aren’t a “Regular follower” because I’m not a “regular poster”.
The truth is, even though I originally started a blog to reach more people thinking it was a good way to raise my web rankings , now I don’t care if I do or not- I’m not writing them for everybody; I’m sharing my thoughts with just you and me- so let’s get cozy….:-)
Here is one I am having now- I wrote this in response to a friend who was lamenting about how today’s creative market won’t sustain the artist.
“creativity became a commodity when we became focused business people instead of artists….Competition to sell an idea of “Art” became more important than the dream that inspired it.” ~ Clayton Spangler
In my opinion, it is far easier to create mediocrity en masse than thought provoking works that inspire. I don’t think this is the public’s fault at all. I think that it takes a lot of effort on behalf of ANY artist to educate and create a supportive clientele that will sustain them through their creative process in life. It’s the “Good Enoughs” that copy those views without any real meaningful thing to say themselves that devalue the work to the point it becomes a product.
When I can get what I want cheaply, What’s the difference between a fancy boxed and packaged product or a work of art you ask? Only this- When you buy something as a commodity, you buy what the market deems en vogue, you are buying what has been determined profitable for mass consumption by people who have seen the success that others are having with a formulatic system or way of doing something- and is created by the masses for the mass.
When you buy something that speaks to your soul- whether that ‘s a song, a sculpture, a painting, a photograph- You may even buy the item directly or not from the artist or their agent; but it becomes priceless in it’s resonance to you by your emotional response to it.
Supporting the arts and artists who truely inspire you or have something to say that only may ever be heard or seen by you; have at least found a kindred spirit in point of view.
Being an artist myself – It’s not always about what the market will bear; but what your heart will.