Art Ruled by Jealousy & Collusion
Just like every other discipline, like
any other vocation and avocation, art is ruled by jealousy,
politics, and collusion. Graft happens, too, but the
biggest hurdle facing artists, especially GOOD artists, is the
buddy system, formally called collusion, and that outright green
Why do I say that good artists especially suffer?
Because most other artists striving for a name are immediately
hostile. Bad artists, after all, are no competition
so many think. However, the fact is, good artists will
often fail to gain any sort of recognition of their creations
while really BAD artists flourish. How can this be?
Because bad artists have to work really hard to get good reviews,
so they learn fast how to be the squeaky wheel,
tormenting their targeted victims until, driven to distraction,
the solicited individual finally says and prints anything to get
them out of the hair. One down and reward in hand, the
artist has learned a valuable lesson, and the next, and the next
after the next target is even easier to persuade.
Here are some things to consider: The worst people to critique
your work are other hungry artists seeking a place in the
limelight for themselves. The worst contests to enter are
those controlled by people who have a vested interest in art,
theirs or someone elses
even several someone elses.
Fact of human social networks: Tribalism, cronyism, and
payola. Or, said another way, blood is thicker than water
(first family), and water is more substantive than air (friends
and acquaintances next), and gold trumps all (a banana for
the mouth beats blood and water every deal.)
You can wear yourself playing the game. Make new
rules. Or just ignore it all, and create your art
without the frenzy. Personally, I play by my own rules and
ignore the fuss. Ill socialize and laugh out loud
doing it, offending many. And thats as it should
be. Most are so very taken with themselves. My home
town is a great example. They are much hot air, much puffed
up (and completely false) authority, and, like the balloon they
imitate, they deflate swiftly and easily.
Advice: Play your own game, make your own rules, and be
genuine. Dont be like every other slavering fool out
there. Please. Genuine is so rare that it makes its
own splash in this world of pretentiousness.
Originally posted by DLKeur on her art blog on June 22, 2007.
Copyright 2007 D.L.Keur &/or F.W.Lineberry, http://www.zentao.com . All rights reserved. Reprint rights granted ONLY if linked and credited.