When an amazing composer writes music, a cd is made, the radios carry it, the everyday person gets to listen, their lives are enhanced and the musician makes money. A good equation. No one says its low art or high art. It is simply art for a particular audience.
Why is the visual artist not doing a similar pattern? What can we learn from musicians? There has got to be a way for us, the talented ( and yes I mean YOU) to move out of this ridiculous ART STAR mentality, and get back to WHY art is made in the first place.
To enhance the human spirit.
So, let's say your art enhances the spirit of all mankind. Why are you afraid of making your work accessible to as many people as possible? At a value price point that can allow you to make money but also allow the everyday person to own it? Why are we as a community not finding ways together to thumb our noses at the "retail" gallery system that sells "exclusivity" and innovating quality and exceptional "inclusivity" instead?
Let's create a marketplace of louise nevelson quality art that every person can have and evolve from their experience with it. Let's get back to the temple art, and the community shaman whose visuals and images enhanced the live's of every citizen.
A while ago I wrote about the CSA movement. The community supported agriculture. I love it, I'm a part of it. I recognize that if I pay someone for my food, I'm happy and eating healthy. I know there is a way for us as artists to do the same.
I want to create a CSA movement in the visual arts. Are you with me?