Sunday, June 6, 2010
200 and Navigating the System
This is my 200th post! A BIG thank you to my regular readers and commenters who have made this a pleasurable and informative journey.
I'd like to share some good news before returning to my book review: My painting "The Universal Law of Gravity" has been juried into the 30th Annual International Exhibition of the San Diego Watercolor Society!
Art & Fear: Observations on the perils (and rewards) of artmaking
by Bayles & Orland
Chapter VI ends with a section on "Navigating the System." Here, the authors speed through time and the various networks that artists have navigated in order to succeed, beginning with the patronage system. This section doesn't provide the reader with practical help for contemporary artists. So, let's figure it out for ourselves.
I lived aboard my sailboat (picture above) for a couple of years and quickly learned the importance of navigation and following the "system" (a.k.a. laws of the sea). Conformity and protocols were necessary for survival. Artists are in a similar "boat" and it's sometimes uncomfortable because we are usually creative nonconformists. But, the business of art is a system that requires skillful navigation if it's to become a serious profession. What are the rules of the road? I'll start the list and hope that you'll add to it:
1. Speak in your own voice and never plagiarize
2. Don't misrepresent yourself or your work
3. Deal honestly and in good faith with customers, gallery directors, museum curators, and everyone else
4. Don't burn any bridges
5. ???? you provide the rest