There is this famous bit where Tanehisi Coates is speaking about failure. I agree with him, because it really is all about failure. Not just failing as a creative, but willing to take that risk of failure. I think one can achieve a sort of limited, almost superficial success by adopting a trend or fad. In contrast, when one stays true to oneself, works towards an ideation that might only vaguely exist in some distant location within the mind of the creator, the success is much more satisfying.
One of the biggest mistakes I have made in the last two years was showing student work, not believing in myself as someone who had original concepts or was attempting to fabricate an original style. I use the term “student work” very loosely. My early work was very inspired by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Their collage work, it was also inspired by Cy Twombly and even David Hammons. At that stage I was actually very audacious, I had been making art for some four months, had visited New York City for the first time and decided I wanted to do this professionally. Within a year I was published by The Superstition Review at ASU. About six months after that, I had my first showing and sold about $500 worth of small works on canvas, the largest was about 24 x 6 inches, those proceeds went to help Push Drive Studios pay their rent. I kept none of it.
Since that showing, I have fallen in love with not just making art, attempting to create new styles and explore them, I have fallen in love with the art of failure. I think that is the most important thing for an artist to do, this falling in love with failure is the only way to move forward. If one looks at Beethoven’s sketchbooks, one discovers his love for failure. There are numerous passages he composed that never made it into his works without modification. His life was a life of redaction, alteration, and in his own way, I think Beethoven was a sculptor, maybe not by way of subtraction of stone, but by the addition of notes, by the addition of Zappa’s “black dots”.
I think it takes an absolute moron to even begin to think that the Instagram 9 photo grid is an effective presentation for photos. For starters, when it is done, there is a grid overlaid on your photo. More importantly, each photo will just appear as a blurry, fuzzy, out of focus, pixelated piece of shit.
Unfollow someone and let them know the reason you are doing it is because all they post is bullshit 9 grids.
Composer, Artist, Writer