558. August 7…Selling Art…Doesn’t Require Perfect Vision…at least not always….

Art and my thoughts about being an artist, Thoughts from the "Tinman"

Art…Representing Manmade Stuff” ©2011 Robert Redus

“While all deception requires secrecy, all secrecy is not meant to deceive.” – Sissela Bok

I found while taking some photographs yesterday…while waiting for the art supply store to open…so I could purchase some gel medium for a friend who was teaching an encaustic class…that… “Composition”… is one of the integral elements of producing art…(not selling it)…

Composition is defined as: “the act of combining parts or elements to form a whole.”…boy are they not kidding…

it is essential to produce art yet it really can’t be qualified…to be a fighter pilot…you have to have perfect vision…but you don’t have to have perfect vision to fly a plane…so composition is as relative as the question of our existence and…why…

We rely on “Art critics” to dispel any question of composition and the success of a piece of work…granted they like most everyone else are in this for themselves first…then…the rest…matters…fundamentally if a critic aligns themselves with higher priced more recognized art…they too become higher priced and more recognized…and it’s not what they say…it’s the artwork they are saying it about that…matters…

The flip side is…selling art work…has nothing to do with composition…it has to do with selling…it could be vacuums…doughnuts…tractors…air conditioners….or wombats….and what matters is the ability of the sales person to sell the product… a highly recognized gallery in the part of the world I’m from that sells expensive art …their top sales person…readily admits they know nothing about art…and for years sold construction equipment…and was very successful at it…so what then does the art matter…it’s sort of …. “What’s it going to take to get this painting above the couch in your living room” …mentality…that counts…not composition…

I’m really beginning to see this for exactly what it is…and for a long time I will admit I was troubled by it all…and why…I don’t know…it is the way it works…I know nothing about the origin of most everything I buy… and I have to say I don’t really want to know about much of it…I just want what it is I want…and I’d like the story to be an OK story that goes along with it…something I can live with…and that’s really about it…

So selling art and making art…they like anything else are mind sets…if you’re great at making art and terrible at selling it…own it…and find somebody who does what you can’t…and if your art work always leaves you with questions…that nauseating feeling in your stomach….but you could open up a booth selling Ice Cubes in the arctic circle and making $750,000. a year…doing it….it’s all about the calling….and that thing about composition…well who really cares….

Artists are different thinkers …not thinkers like sales people think…artists want the story the immortality of it all to be part of it in the end…the sales people…well they want numbers…$$$ and that’s really it…less attachment…more vacations….

 “Our intention is to affirm this life, not to bring order out of chaos, nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply to wake up to the very life we’re living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and desires out of its way and lets it act of it’s own accord.” – John Cage

550. July 19… “A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.”…

Thoughts from the "Tinman"

“Friday Night” ©2011 Robert Redus

“I say I’m a million percent. That is better than a hundred percent! ” – Macho Man Randy Savage

this morning I read an article on “Conditioning” and “Calling”…fundamentally what we’ve been taught about who we are -vs- who we really are…and how when presented with the “Y” in our road…how to navigate that “Y”…with the least amount of stress…anxiety and greatest amount of positive forward moving results….

I think as artists we continually stand at these intersections…contemplating direction…what we are…where we are going…the work…what it is doing and where it may be going as well…it is sort of a silent twin…just nods…regardless of the direction….and is going to go…without choice…or regard to the outcome…

much of what we are as artists…is directly related to what shape we were squeezed into…or the molds we were pressed into…or the responses we developed…based on some action at us…towards us…about us…near us…on us…after all… art is nothing more than a self portrait of the artist…we just get better at hiding in the imagery or landscape…or color…or steel…

I’m finding the more work I do the more I have a grip on certain aspects of the painting…while other parts really need to be left to what and how they are going to develop…that’s not to say I really do believe when the lights go out stuff happens…and the painting is altered in the morning…and I’m blaming the Keebler elves…I just know that the work is going to eventually become what I have directed it to be…and some of what happens…I haven’t thought of yet…and might not until a few seconds before it does…

painting has become more of an adventure…and less of a process…that was the most recent… “Y”…in the road that I encountered…one read “Adventure”…the other…“Process”…I opted left…for “adventure”…

my feelings on the “adventure” mode of painting…are much different than the “process” mode…Adventure has rules…just less of them…there is greater risk…yet greater risk dictates greater rewards…which in turn…can change everything…adventure has unknown variables…which certainly challenge the good old boy process thinking…basically doing more of what I don’t know how to do…or am uncertain of doing expands my ability and offers me many more options than those I already know….

As artists we can each certainly identify what we do and the frequency of doing it…defining our rules for producing art can open the possibilities for defying those same rules…in essence by knowing what we do…we can change what we do….

My challenge to you is identify and define your rules for whatever it is you produce…take one day…or maybe one hour and break all of those rules…see what happens…make the process into the adventure of art…you just might find yourself doing something you never thought you would….

countdown for November 18th, 2011 Show, “The Space in Between”

294 paintings of 800….506 remaining

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louise Stevenson

508. March 26th…Raise your hand if the first letter in Ertist is… “A”

Thoughts from the "Tinman"

“It’s Only Half over” 2011

“People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights.” Friedrich Nietzsche

whether you believe in evolution or not…is unimportant…as evolution means any process of formation or growth…not necessarily gills to lungs…wings to arms and the dreaded…monkeys to man….conversation…and I know there are those who just hear the word evolution and the pulpit crowds with conversation…and what is the antichrist of the evolutionary followers emerges…but to try and use the only other accepted possibility …”Creationism”…in my blog this morning seemed as unlikely a possibility as those who think we came from chimpanzees… and I agree… (truly it was Proconsul africanus)…but nevertheless…applying evolution to the art world verses applying creationism to the art world…is a pants or no pants argument….

the face of the art world has changed dramatically…most likely a change that will never revisit return as historically art always seems to do…and a change that not only effects art…but everyone within the blast zone…galleries…collectors…and most importantly artists themselves…

can you name the last couple of art movements…Minimalism…Pop Art…..what’s happened since then…a host of attempts that have barely left visible scratches on the inside of the coffin lid…

art movements were at one time like waves on the ocean…another following another one which in turn followed another one…often these movements were in contrast to the previous movement…finding that by disavowing the previous movement the current new movement was more of what was happening…exactly where the pulse was….

so why is it there is no art movement…these days…no pulse…no collective that is driving the art world…the reason…in my opinion is very much just like poor breeding…lack of skill…a fantastic sense of self…saturated with kalopsia…a fundamental belief that mediocrity is excellence…oh and of course many like minded “artists” that perpetuate the cardboard conversation ….and finally art has been dumbed down to a point that habitus is veil thin and seems the outcome is  irreversible…art pursuits no longer require expertise…longevity… experience…study…or really anything that other traditional pursuits do….what matters most is desire…and the ability to claim title….nothing more…

all of these elements are the result of what it once was…altered by a process of formation and growth..(evolution)…realize…formation/growth can also define a cancer….tumor…disease…etc…the art world…much as we’d all like to see it void of disease…is not….

galleries are dying on the vine these days…call it revolt in a silent sense…blame the economy…but the why is unimportant…it is the what can be done that matters…and so a few galleries close their doors….that’s part of the evolutionary process…what to do next….many gallery owners are changing their mode of operation…altering what they do and how they do it…adapting to the current conditions…in hopes better will return…just with a different face…

artists…have a greater ability now than any other time in history…sure…first it was explaining the ether on cave walls….then painting for the church….finally secular art took hold…and from that moment forward the pattern has been the same….not anymore….artists now have more possibilities…greater ability to show their work…and take charge of where it goes and what it does…who sees it…who doesn’t….etc…more artists are working in small collectives…have galleries within their studios that represent just their work…show their work in spaces that are transitory…and mobile….work with other artists who have the same ideas….not the traditional ideas….

maybe the new art movement might never take place….and was never designed to…and just maybe we’re past all of that….

“It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.” – Winston Churchill