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How the Rentier Economy Destroys Artistic Quality

Society is in denial. Flat out, head-in-the-sand denial. The consequence of our collective refusal to believe in the truth of the situation is a hollowing out of cultural life, a diminution of the ability to see the situation with undistorted … Continue reading

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What Happens When All the Artists Leave?

It’s an interesting question.  Can any formerly abuzz creative conurbation survive the loss of its artists and its most creative people?  I suspect London is about to find out.  I read this article this morning: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/01/creative-young-brits-quit-london-affordable-berlin In the article, the … Continue reading

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Artists of Last Resort

Marvellous, isn’t it?  Artists spend much of their time having to justify their work as “real work” and must be prepared to defend their prices against anybody with a so-called “real job”, at a moment’s notice.  The very rich and … Continue reading

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Articulation

When it comes down to it, what a lot of artists spend most of their time doing is in trying to become more articulate.  What I mean by that is they hone their craft skills and their manual dexterity, so … Continue reading

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Everybody Holds a Cherished Idea That Won’t Work

We don’t like to be the first to admit it and often we’re the very last, but it has to be said that everyone harbours what they think is a great idea, but it’s never going to work. Artists, especially, … Continue reading

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Music Has Been a Blessing and a Curse

There is something they never tell you, when you decide to become a musician.  They never tell you that it is both a blessing and a curse. In many ways, music has, for me, been my sanctuary and an all-consuming … Continue reading

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Conjuring

To the uninitiated (and even to initiates), the process of turning nothing into something, as artists do, is mystical and magical.  How does the raw material mutate into a work of art?  What is the mysterious power of imagination to … Continue reading

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