A place to put things




I am a multi disciplined artist working primarily in a 2d visual format. Here are some things I've done; a little peek at the swirling, ceaseless, ideas maelstrom. If you will.

You are cordially invited to take a look.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Getting paid, paying you're way. Part 2; Show me the value!

With art, as with most things in our present society, there are a few people who reap all the rewards and many others who work for nothing. One or two famous artists emerge from a culture of art; art in itself being visual, audio or verbal languages.

It is a tradition of form and function that is layer upon layer added to and drawn from by successive generations of creative people. No artist is an island and as such owes a debt to the world around them, yet not everyone that pays into this cultural mix is rewarded for there contributions. In fact many are expected to work for free as art is superlative, its a hobby, you should do it for the love of it.

The reason people are not rewarded for a creative input to society, is that, if people are compelled to create whether they get paid or not, why bother paying them? Big business continually “borrows” (steals) art that comes from the bottom, graffiti and hip hop came form underground, under valued cultures. They are now big business. Millions are made, a few stars born and the majority of the underground artists are left behind. They have to take second jobs, work their arse's off or go without regardless of how big or little their contribution to society.

Lets call this the “Banksy syndrome”. How many people know of Banksy and buy into that brand yet know nothing about street art? As such they see Banksy, as street art itself; look what he has done for the respectability of graffiti, look how he has exported street art around the world and made it popular. In actual fact he is a product of a larger cultural movement, not the movement. Sure he has done things, but in the greater context of all those other artists that have doing things he has been extremely lucky to capitalize on his time and place and perhaps take a larger slice of the pie than is fair.

This may be one of the problems; we don't know how to value peoples contribution. If you wrote a catchy pop song and then went on to make millions in royalties are those millions a fair return for a fair contribution? What if you are a self indulgent bedroom artist whose work never sees the light of day? Should your endeavours be supported? Maybe you need the time to be self indulgent to find you're talent before releasing it onto a grateful world, or maybe you are just an unnecessary burden to society. How exactly are we to decide and distribute the support and appreciation these people need/deserve?

Just because it is difficult to make judgements that lack any hard or fast rules and where value is uncertain, doesn't mean they should be ignored. In fact by there very nature difficult judgements, that we as individuals and as a society are faced with, are often the most pressing as they demand real thought. As decisions become less clear and we evade to greater degrees responsibility, we ere ever further into blindness, as our society becomes more undernourished.

How do we take responsibility for nurturing creativity in society? How do we asses value and see that people get paid?

If anyone has some ideas please send em in...

 Next week; so what the £$£$ should we do about it?
 Part 3 of
getting paid, paying youre way; are there any solutions?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Getting paid, paying you're way. Part 1

What use are artists? Where would we be without them? Is there any room for fair wages, for a fair contribution to our society?

When I talk about art in the context of society, I am talking about culture, culture is the summation of the art we make, the tangible expression of the multitudes.

Culture is like the litmus paper of a peoples time and place, it tells us about a societies health, interests, where it has come from and hints at where its heading to. As well as showing our attitudes and emotional state culture is also a record of our efforts; like a sketch book of progress where ideas are hashed out and information is ruminated on, ready to progress to the next stage.

Take Leonardo da Vinci, he had a passion for understanding things and explaining them. His visionary output and enquiry was both scientific and artistic in nature. In experimenting and expressing himself he left a huge legacy to art, science and in particular technical drawing. Consider his legacy to the world of technical drawing and then consider that technical drawings underpin and makes possible the creation of almost everything, from the computer you are using now, to our road systems. How can we measure the value in supporting Leonardo in his life so that he could do the things he did? Few of us are as gifted as Leonardo but it bares thinking about these intangible legacies that we add to our culture as a whole.

Next week, 
"lifes not fair" is not a good enough answer!  struggeling with the hard to define; value, in part 2 of, Getting paid, paying you're way.