To Word Or Not

The next Blue Stocking Art Salon chat is coming up tomorrow and I thought I’d share another section from our first one in Nov.

It’s so rare that we take time to consider the more esoteric side of making art. But without that, how dry would all the rest be?

Blue Stocking Art Salon (twitter aka: #ArtBlue) No.1

Tidbits, in no particular order…

Ariane to Artist No.1 – Can you say just a little bit more, [Artist No.1], about what you mean by “elevating humanity?”

Artist No.1 – Well, I.M. Pei once said that the purpose of art is to move; and I definitely agree with that.  So, I think, as artists—and this is my opinion—we’re in the world differently than some other people.

I think we see, feel, hear, touch, and taste differently.  And, in turn, we have the ability to sort of touch this glint of light, if you will, and then it becomes our job to bring it out into the world.  And that can take many, many forms.

I think sometimes we express the things that other people can’t express.  We open people’s minds to things they may not have considered; or allow them to look at things a little bit differently.

There are so many possibilities—more than I could ever mention here today.  But I think we hold a very special place, and a special opportunity.

Artist No.2 –

…the point of what I’m saying that he mentioned: this concept of elevating humanity; that’s heavy lifting for an artist.  That’s heavy lifting for anybody.

But what Richard said was he feels that he was put on earth to create this art, and that if we all step up to this calling, and want to elevate humanity, and stretch thought into newer, more progressive areas, then each piece that we create is like dropping sand in the machine.  Not a single grain is going to stop the machine, but collectively it has an impact.

So, when I think of elevating humanity, I think, Oh, little me?  You know?  Where could I possibly have impact?

But then, when I think of it in his terms, each piece is this grain that goes into the big process.

And eventually the machine grinds to a halt, and has to be reworked, or elevated, and rethought.  So, in that sense I feel I can be more effective.

Ariane (in response to Artist No.3) –

…The reason I wanted to ask you about feeling the frustration is because I get the sense that we live in a very unique time, where the sense of time, and speed, and everything moving so quickly has been…

…well, the physicists say that that’s actually physically true: that everything is speeding up in our universe.

And then, we have the Internet, where we know everything’s pretty darn fast.

And when our non-virtual lives don’t match that same speed, there’s a sensation we’re doing something wrong—not that the speedometer for one dimension is being used in a different dimension, and they don’t match up.

It’s kind of like using the same speedometer for an airplane that you would for a car.  They’re in different realms.  I don’t think that we take that into account easily, because of how prevalent it is in the culture right now.

And the pressure on an artist to believe in their heart that their value of their art is dependent on whether or not it sells, I personally think has overshadowed the whole issue of how you put food on the table; that when people say, Well, I’ve got to pay the bills, the hidden story in there is, and, if I don’t use my art to pay the bills, then my art must not be very good.  It must not have enough value.  People don’t want to buy it.

And that that’s a whole area we don’t really say out loud.


What would YOU like to say out loud?

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“The Blue Stocking Art Salon”

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