Monday, August 22, 2011
Weekends now to me are like falling into another dimension of time. Ms. Twister whirls in with jet lag, road worn and tries to cram more in one day than a human can but her powers of observation never seems to fail her.
No matter what I have managed to achieve during the week, her powers seem to hone in on the one thing I forgot to do. This is not to myself; change the bulbs in the garage so there will be light.
I went to our local juried art show Saturday; it supposedly is one of the best in the state. People stretching the limits with Raku appear to be all the rage in the art world and mixed media made a strong showing, but…
As I wandered the booths a pattern began to emerge, one I think many of you as writers already know; price does not equal quality.
The artists with the crammed booths were those with prices that required one to sign over their first born child. I stood in front of a couple straining and tippy-toeing to see what was for sale and after doing this several times it became apparent.
It was the price these crammers-of-the-booths were attracted to, like moths to a flame they flitted about ogling so-so creations. I stood back and noticed the artist in the next booth with a wonderful display of mixed-media merely surviving the heat.
I turned and continued on with the show but that sight burned a mental imagine in me that brought on many questions.
As artists we must sell our wares but is it not a fine line between selling and making art accessible to all? Will it ever be art if the only place it is displayed is on your own wall?
As consumers, we must not be that moth to the flame; we must broaden our visual taste buds. Sometimes it is the concept of a piece that makes it true art; the newness of a media or the use of not so usual subjects all done with a concept. So squint, see the concept.
I know you writer types can translate this to your writing, as I know you crafters can as well but take this squint concept one step further. Isn’t it life we must squint through to see the concept? It is not always about the finish product; sometimes it is merely the concept.
Have a great Monday and I hope you do not have to squint again to read this.