Tuesday, March 19, 2013

"Art and Fear" creativity and outlet

Feb 3  older post from my Ceramics blog #h817open

ELearning and Digital Culture 2

I seem to be asking a lot of questions in this course and I'm not very good at positing deep thoughtful answers for them. But maybe it's enough to have found some things to think about.

Currently reading a book called Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland. There are a lot of things that are sort of relevant to the idea of social media allowing us all to be creators.

They talk about the materials being neutral. What is real is what you do with them, not what you intended or wanted. "Your materials are, in fact one of the few things you can reasonably hope to control. " They argue that ultimately, the most successful artists are the most persistent. Those who are unwilling to give up making art when a public outlet for their creativity does not appear. How would this apply to the social populace as creative beings? If Facebook or Flicker went away would all these newly minted photographers stop taking pictures? Would they find a different outlet?

How much does the instant gratification of seeing and posting and feedback change the dynamic between artist and creativity?  The artist I know still review all images, think about them, think about their message, think about the technique before putting an image in a gallery or portfolio.  To do anything less cheapens the art.

If you think your work is about the tactile but most people are seeing your work on-line does that make their experience less valid? You can't control another persons reactions to your art.