Thursday, 3 December 2015

Picasso Didn't Do It - You Did

Print from Welcome To The Nice Age
 R.Tomens 2015

.......do you remember art hierarchy?
yes?
It served a purpose for about 300 years........
                                                            ........the purpose being to:
                                                                                           emphasise the god-like status of artists
                                                                                           boost the egos of kings & queens
                                                                                           remind common people that they were common
                                                                                           allow critics to display their knowledge
                                                                                           & other things.............
but now it's dead
isn't it?
Except for some non-creative worshippers of the old order & stuffy critics & even some backward artists...
                                                                                                                                     (backward? yes)
Empowered by the fact that today anyone can Do & Display on the internet more common people are encouraged to make art than ever before
                                                   (before the internet)
                                                                                they have forums on which to discuss, display & be encouraged & gently, constructively criticised...........to even be made to feel like stars for as long as their thread remains active (more than 15 minutes!).........................................................................................

Democracy erodes hierarchy, except in Politics..........but.........OK, more artists may increase the number of worshippers at the alter of High Art, it may................but..........it also should/could/must encourage self-empowerment which, in turn, makes them less in awe of The Legends............................
                                                                                                                                    it should because to be strong, 
to be creative, 
to carry on 
one needs belief 
& the idolisation of those Art gods can & frequently does weaken the resolve of the common creator, the fragile creators, who must gain faith in themselves.....& the best way to do this is to resist the kind of veneration which can bring on the dreaded inferiority complex....................
                                                                                            ....................enter the Hierarchy Zone &
                                                                                                                you will never be as good as
                                                                                                                The Gods!

but you are better..........
                                     because you are you..........
                                                                              & what you make is yours............
                                                                                                                                  Picasso didn't do it
                                  
                                                

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