Saturday, August 27, 2011

Collaboration Against All Odds

Current competitive atmosphere in a down cycle economy creates a strange divide amongst people. It can be a cutthroat atmosphere. It’s refreshing to find creative minds that are still excited by the process of art not merely creating product. Essentially, these artist need to survive. Many however are refusing to sell out their ideals for the sake of getting ahead. There is an amazing movement against pay per view art parties and a welcoming of exhibitions that have validity in meaning. Conceptual art takes time to understand and appreciate. Its intention is not to match your d├ęcor. It is a reaction against formalism. Conceptual art is meant to evoke emotion and discussion. I can think of no better time in this social climate to think, feel and discuss more than put up walls of defense and oppositions. Creativity is about collaboration and building off others previous undertakings. There still is desire to move someone enough to collect. The most rewarding endeavor would be one created for the sake of art itself. It takes true security to be open to share thoughts amongst others. There is always risk of being copied or stepped on. The beauty lies within those seeking deeper connections with pure selfless intention.

We must work to resolve conflicts in a spirit of reconciliation and always keep others' interests in mind.” Dalai Lama