The Arts: A Genuine Perspective on Red Tape
As a matter of priority, please accept my apologies. I am trying to formulate my thoughts about Art and restricted creativity (rather clumsily) in a public space.
In order to feel suitably exorcised of these vague subconscious ramblings, I must at least try to bring them (authentically) into the realm of conscious thought.
Please correct my assertions where necessary.
Where does the Artist sit within 2018?
Is the current expectation of the Artist, solely to produce work based upon societal expectations as to what is deemed “palatable” or “saleable” to the masses?
Even within the construction of my own website I started by choosing subjects matters of which I felt I possessed the most authority and aimed to compose what I thought would be valuable content around these subject matters.
But who am I to dictate or assume what is of value to others?
Do we always need to start something with intention, regulations and restrictions or can we just be?
When truly in a flow state, everything seems to come naturally, my creations flow onto the page and it is in no way forced. It feels…easy? Work created in this state usually produces better outcomes. But if someone was to ask the exact meaning of the work, I couldn’t communicate it with any immediacy.
I would like to think the outcome would be aesthetically pleasing, but the underpinning thoughts remain as abstract as the outcome – still in the infant stages of conscious realisation. The works in question did not originate from specific intentions, rather a simple decision to start.
Regulating Art Presentation
Take for example the case of gallery submissions strict rules are often affirmed; canvases must be this exact size, all work must be framed, absolutely NO prints. Whilst I understand the practical rationale behind some of these regulations, I can’t help but ponder, how do you accurately cage an idea or feeling?
Often it is arduous enough to manifest visual representations into the physical realm; creating something from nothing can be a demanding feat.
Should we then add further restrictions to this process?
What if a particular artwork doesn’t look great in a frame?
Or an artist has produced a digital piece?
Should artists reach gallery expectations or do we all need to think of more creative ways to display artwork authentically on a case by case basis?
A Conclusion of Sorts
I think this brings me to the possible point of these ramblings. Do the arts always need restrictions and set outcomes…the same visual can mean different things to different people. Art to me represents freedom of expression and bringing forth meaning from chaos. I don’t find red tape and outcome based thinking helps with this process.
I have posed more questions than answers within this piece.
I would really love to hear other perspectives on the topics discussed, please comment and share your views.