I am indeed a selfish artist.
I work by myself in fear all things that aren’t my creative process. I sometimes work with others but rarely. I continue in not only a selfish manner but in a shy manner, a curious manner and a practical manner. In working alone you are free to create when the time comes, you a free to explore far reaching ideas without embarrassment or judgement. However collaboration is one of the most important aspects of being creative and creating strong work. The significance of blunting a personal influence with others is astounding. On a most point, a strong collective of artists is far greater than one brilliant artist. Dadaists believed that the value of art lay not in the work produced, but in the act of making and collaborating with others to create new visions of the world.
Here is a collaboration between Patti Smith, who is a strong feminist punk poet figure of the early new york scene and Kevin Shield, guitarist and songwriter of My Bloody Valentine and considered the key founding figure of shoegaze. His visionary guitar playing coupled with her spoken word is such a strong combination. Before I knew of this, I would never have guessed that these two would work together.
I never knew who the guest artist was. I didn’t attend the lecture.
So I will write about another artist!
Joshua Foley is a friend of mine. He is from my hometown of Launceston, Tasmania and currently works from there.
He won the John Glover Prize (The highest art prize in Australia) winning $35,000. His work is heavily layered and vividly colourful paintings.
The hallucinatory nature of his work makes for a hypnotic sitting. I find his work very ‘wet’, the paint seems like it is about to drip on to the floor and that the colours will continue and the shapes will forever squelch and transform together.
Here is some examples of his work.
He is also the only person I know who actually makes a living from their creative pursuits
This is what he says:
‘Paint is by nature and definition a mutable substance and it continually suggests to me analogous forms, materials, movements, cultures, territories and patterns. I aim to embrace and explore these tangents always seeking and sometimes discovering like a scientist further directions to push my work in so that it provides an increasingly stimulating and invigorating experience for the viewer’ Josh Foley, 2014.
Here are my passing thoughts on risk and art.
Being an artist for a living, asks the art you create to sustain you financially. A risk of the creative process is in-authenticity, with in-authenticity comes risk of your art being unsuccessful, passable and unprofitable. Without taking a risk, where would natural progression in art forms come from?
By taking these ‘risks’, obviously doesn’t mean everything will be affecting and authentic art or worth and longevity. Otherwise it wouldn’t be called a risk?! ha
A lot of times an artist will take massive risks and reap no reward. They help in the evolution of their art form but are forwarded and popularised by more stable ‘business savvy’ contemporaries.
Like love, art relies on time, care and attention. The risks are great and sometimes can not be avoided.
Success in art is not really obvious or concrete. Success can be delayed, unknown or misinterpreted. Critical success, peer hype, commercial rewards and global reach can have both positive and negative sides.
wig out on this J.Z
Haha Tony Fucking Abbott,
I expect a lot of angry music in the next 4 years….
Khmer Rouge – Cambodian garage explosion
Brazilian Military Coup – Tropicalia
Nigerian military police and corruption – Fela Kuti and afrobeat
Thatcher – Punk
etc etc etc
Maybe it will finally be a new strong Australian musical movement.
Christian Marclay is a New York based sound and video artist who is best known for his explorations in the experiementing with existing art and pop culture and turning into something completely different. He mixes his avant-garde musicianship with performance art creating unique musical pieces. Marclay has been experimenting with vinyl records and turntables since the late 70’s, using this medium as an improvisational musical instrument. This work with vinyl records and turntables has been said as the birth of turntablism, influencing many genres and generations to come. Marclay has shared the stage with big names in avante-garde film and music including experimental rock band, Sonic Youth and free jazz legend, John Zorn. His 2010 film The Clock is considered a modern masterpiece. Marclay’s avant-garde approach was to attract questions of where, both serious art and pop culture begins and where it ends.
A piece I really love is called Guitar Drag, which is a video where Marclay drags a plugged in electric guitar from behind a truck on a gravel road. The guitar roars and whines and is a strangely emotive and musical piece.