[-empyre-] The diffculty of creation and Audience

Jacky Sawatzky sawatzky.jacky at gmail.com
Thu May 8 07:35:15 EST 2008

Great discussion!

Here a small thought.

How is the relationship negotiated between the need to create and the 
possibility to create?   How does  access to galleries , grants, 
festivals, or the internet and technology influence possibilities to 
create in conjunction or in conflict with the need to create? I think 
it's important that this negotiation is in flux.  changing direction, 
adapting, maybe stopping for sometime.    Where for me the problems 
arise is in the Artist Statement.  The artist (or being an artist) as a 
commodity ; it's cool, hip, romantic, brave, tragic,..

Cheers, Jacky Sawatzky


On 7-May-08, at 11:18 AM, Patrick Lichty wrote:

> For me, creation is from inner necessity.  I have about half a 
> terabyte of work no one has seen, or very few.  It may eventually be 
> destroyed via neglect or degradation before documentation.  It's 
> actually the media/material working out of the ideas I'm writing about 
> at the time.  Showing it, or even putting it in the gallery seems to 
> be a set of social experiments for me.  That is, even if I'm sharing 
> it.
> I've also stopped worrying about the that fact that I'm with a 
> gallery, although I am not necessarily creating grand production 
> schemes.  Basically, I'm not against putting something in a frame - 
> print, computer, video, whatever if someone wants one and it can pay 
> for more materials.  I guess I'm not such a romantic anymore.
> On the other hand, there is a whole generation of young New Media MFAs 
> who are focused primarily on the art market.  "Eyes on the Prize", 
> "Make things happen", "Strategy, strategy, strategy" are sounds that I 
> hear coming from these late 20's media artists.  There's a sort of 
> calculation in a lot of these folks that I'm not sure I can quite get 
> into bed with.  Don't get me wrong, I think it's good to have 
> ambition; but I am a bit cool to the almost corporate art-world style 
> that I see in a lot of the young turks.
> I'm of the old camp of being prolific with good work, showing widely, 
> trying to be a good person, trying to help out, and letting things go 
> from there.  In the long run it seems to work, but in the short term, 
> it does not make a shooting art star.
> In short I still make primarily because I feel that I have to.  On the 
> other hand, I like what Frieder Nake said to me in that "the Work is 
> not art until it is public", which I liked.
> I know this is not a defninitive statement, but I hope it's of use.
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