Tag Archives: Obedience

Artists Under Tyranny

We know what comes next.  We know why it takes root and how it metastasizes.  And I’m afraid that, if we extrapolate from current trends, if nothing changes significantly for the better, then artists, innovators and intellectuals are all screwed. … Continue reading

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Do You Feel?

Artists ask just one thing of you: that when experiencing their art, you feel something. An artist’s role, in society, is nothing if not to elicit emotional responses from their audiences. Failing to feel anything at all – indifference – … Continue reading

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Fear in Moderation

Often, the cautious, incremental, conservative, moderate, careful approach is the least appropriate and stupidest response, under the circumstances.  It’s the mindset that leads to the wrong answers or to a lack of effective action.  This kind of approach leads to … Continue reading

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In Praise of Things You Don’t Like

Artists, as aesthetes, tend to surround themselves with things they like.  Part of their aesthetic is about what they select and what they discard.  Ordinary people do this in their everyday lives, too.  The totality of their comfortable existence is … Continue reading

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The Relevance Trap

Does the size of your audience indicate that the art you make is relevant, or is it merely confirmation of its irrelevance?  Consider that the acclaim of the masses is so easily manipulated by concerted marketing campaigns.  Does that make … Continue reading

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The Obedient Artist

This manifesto was inspired by a photograph of some graffiti, which I saw recently, on Facebook: I will make only the art that I think will please other people. I will change my art for anybody that demands that I … Continue reading

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Fear of the Unconventional

There is a significant population of people that are alarmed, scandalised, affronted and viscerally offended by pictures painted in bright colours, whether representational or abstract, or somewhere in between.  I have the anecdotal evidence.  They can’t stand them, but more … Continue reading

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