A RANT FROM AN ARTIST AND AN AUTHOR:
“It has never been easy to make one’s living from art or literature. ‘The Game of achieving Success’ as an artist, author or performer often feels ‘rigged’, unfair and sometimes even totally random. Among the contributing factors to this perception are: the impact of social media-driven popular trends; the ‘celebrity factor’; prices so high that they exclude most potential buyers and send them instead to purchase copies of famous paintings, quickly-made and mass-produced style knock-offs sold on the internet, and “art posters” from the internet and department stores; publishers’ insurance: best-selling books by celebrities, which are often largely ‘ghost-written’; small galleries which search for and promote unusual and original art being pressed out of business by high-rents and large galleries (as well as the perception that art by famous persons is the only worthwhile “investment”); the expectation from art galleries and publishing companies that artists and authors themselves create a strong following and sales base through social media — thus distracting from the real strengths of artists and authors: creating art and literature; and many other technological advances and trends that favour internet business transactions instead of physical art galleries and bookstores etc. Celebrity status does not necessarily make for good art or literature, but because these persons have a good grip on social media then pretty much whatever they produce will sell. Unfortunately many persons look for art that gives one ‘status’ and future investment potential — rather than art they actually will like over time. I have previously criticised the present phenomenon of artists more or less directly copying famous artists such as Warhol, Rothko, Pollock etc. — and even street artists such as Banksy — ad nauseam, instead of picking up on a few ideas and making their own stylistic furtherances. The same goes for literature. Where are the new literary styles? Because art and literature are such a business commodity today, we risk losing the ‘soul’ of artistic expression. Many of these ‘fast-selling’ artworks by ‘celebrities’ which are being bought for $100,000+ will never find a place in art history. And neither will much of today’s quick and mass-produced ‘formula hack-fiction’. Will my own art and literature be remembered? Probably not. However, I have attempted to explore new ways/styles of writing and of painting. Perhaps someone else will pick up on some of my ideas and develop them further.”
— Adam Donaldson Powell
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