01/07/13 :: Are all Human Beings Artists?

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What is the role of the modern-day artist? The traditional roles of the modern artist continue to evolve and break through boundaries. Evidence proves this as there are always fantastic disagreements in the perception itself. What is art? What is not art? Who gets to decide anyway? Do we need to be interdependent on others to make our own assumptions and judgments about art? If we are stable in our own opinions and perceptions, then why should we have to depend on institutions like museums and galleries to help? (I get asked this question by my students all the time) For contrast, resources and support obviously. I’m not doubting their importance or significance, but what is your personal relationship to Art? When is the last time you really thought about that word and what it means to you? If it matters, then you will want to define it, and re-define it from time to time. Especially as you evolve in who you say that you are. Is the question itself outdated? Perhaps, rather than asking, What is Art? We may ask, What is my relationship to this work or art, or art experience? Is it time for you to live that definition? You may have experienced that some people have bought into the idea that art is only something that a very select group of “talented human beings can do.” If you do not have the “gift or talent” (and indeed, how vague) that was discovered when you were 4 years old, then you should most likely not attempt to make any art and or generate anything creative. So, they may give up on art as they perceive it usually after the 6th or 7th grade. Leaving the art making to the “special kids” who seem to get favored with attention by their art teachers. At the time, they will be exposed to the art of Michelangelo and Leonardo and perhaps even compare themselves to the masters…how stange, Why do some do this? Such pressure to aspire to. Ask yourself again; What is art in 2013? Who is an artist in 2013?  What is your relationship to those objects, things, experiences and so forth? If you comply and write out your answers, I  predict that you may discover several changes in your assumptions. Perhaps you may also find a connection or resonance with these ideas? No longer will art only thrive in the traditional appearance of tangible objects and things isolated to specific spaces like museums, galleries and even non-traditional spaces that we still reserve for art, but evolve into something greater and more personalized than you could have thought. Personalized indeed. The complete personalization revolution of oneʼs multi-sensory world has begun, years ago in fact. You are already doing this with your mobile devices and social media software platforms. Do you notice how we are synced up to everything and everyone we interact with online. Complete control.  We seem to really like that, and we do like to share that as well. I for-see art events evolving into ongoing situational realities. Specifically curated content that runs through the personalization of individual and collective ideas. The artist is the art. The art is the artist. This is not a new idea, but then again, when it was introduced back in the late 1960’s did people understand this on an experiential level? Or was the concept just theory or intellectualized with out the experiential feelings? Are we open enough to absorb a complete synthesis of such ideas?  I’m a working artist. I work in many traditional art mediums and materials such as paint, pastel, wood, metal, video, clay, and collage; However, my greatest asset and medium is my consciousness. The overall awareness to question the changing world as I experience and define it. Awareness of one’s consciousness is both a physical and non-physical space. With in that space we have access to our imagination. Your imagination is the mental tool that forms  images in your mind’s eye. This is the tool that begins to put your ideas, feelings, and dreams into motion. It helps us construct a formula. How is your imagination an asset in your life? In my research of asking this question to adults between the ages of 25- 45, most will answer, when they think of their “imagination” they think of it as a thing of their youth. That only children day-dream and imagine about things while they are playing with toys and invisible worlds of make-believe… On the contrary your imagination is your dream creator. It never leaves you, artist.

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