The Challenge of Blogging – What kind of Artist or How do you see yourself?

@erskinec urban landscape artist

@erskinec urban landscape artist

The Challenge of Blogging – What kind of Artist or How do you see yourself?

Some of the best bloggers are illustrators.

In my opinion, the art of illustration doesn’t get much respect because its purpose is to sell a product or a concept.

Almost all art, the stuff that will shows up in a gallery is conceptual. It requires the seal of approval of a gallery, a curator, or art critic that the stuff is actually art and it has merit. Your work can’t be too appealing because it may be associated with wall-paper or the decorative arts.

As a painter, the challenge is not as great when compared to other visual artists. If there is a canvas with some paint on it then it must be art. Maybe not good art, but art none the less.

For the conceptual artist, you are looking for validation from an art critic or a gallery owner. These authorities will then convince clients to buy your art. So, maybe writing and documenting the process of art making isn’t very helpful.

I once went to an opening at Hamilton Artist Inc when it was located on Vine. The opening featured a video artist who created some very challenging, but interesting work. The art dealt with cultural identity and how western society raided other cultures of their symbols of religion and ethnic identity for fashion.

Some really powerful ideals and the art demanded a conversation; unfortunately, the artist was anything but helpful. Maybe she was shy or maybe she believed that her art should speak for itself.

Well, the show got no notice in the press and I never heard of her again.

Sometimes, I think the worse fate for an artist is years of hard work resulting in great pieces, but no one writing about you.

The opening of a new bar gets more press coverage than the opening of an art show. Then again, the bar owner likely invited someone from the local newspaper to visit his establishment. The owner likely took the time to show the reporter or art critic the new craft beers or special dishes.

In my opinion, the biggest problems that artist have is their own concept of what it means to be an artist.

I view myself as a craft person. Akin to the 16th century artists who created artwork for a particular purpose, the promotion of the local nobility or wealthy merchant.

My artist statement would go like this:

We all see the world from our unique and very narrow perspectives. We try to reach out and understand the world around us, but our lives are busy with many competing demands.

Let me show you the buildings and places that you encounter every second of every day. Each urban building and place is shaped by human hands. Buildings and their spaces are reflections of our times and a single builder. Let me show you my architectural portraits and landscapes that may help you see the world in a new perspective.

Like many visual artists, I am seeking a truth that is beyond the value of a decorative or commission works, but that does not prevent me from providing value and emotional benefit to my patrons. In my eyes, I am trying to do the same thing as that 16th artisan who tried to create something of practical value that ultimately stood the test of time.

Art can be anything, why can’t you?

Social media provides you with the tools to create your own art market.

You don’t need Fate to land Peggy Guggenheim, Life Magazine, or Clement Greenberg at your door step.

In a world of art fairs, pop-up galleries, and social media; the only limits is your ability to tell a powerful narrative that connects with niche of fans and collectors.

This is the last installment on the challenge of blogging.Thanks for all the interest and support.

Next Monday, I will return to my regular postings on art.

About Chris Erskine

Visual Artist and independent film-maker. Try to post summaries of my artistic activities once per month. View all posts by Chris Erskine

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