When Contemplating the Act of Making an Art Object consider the following:
Q: Do matters of posterity, longevity and/or fame concern you?
A: Life as an artist will be a much easier enterprise if making objects that last is of little or no concern. So really why bother learning the craft? Not to be cynical but in this day and age there is simply so much stuff. Who needs more? Think and do. Don’t suffer and struggle. Why make ART (or ART—your choice) in the first place if it isn’t any fun?
Believe me when I say I am speaking from personal experience. I have made well made art and believe you me it sucks! You have to do things like remembering if you applied an acrylic or oil based ground, used oil sticks and then painted with latex based paints on top! Did you paint thick over thin or thin over thick? Lordy! Well sure some people have what is called “an eye” and, despite only having one eye can appreciate subtleties like the minimum use of turpentine and the application of paint with a red fox hair brush. They might even be the people with the money to pay you for the extra time and grief poured into said artwork—but I doubt it. If they should be art buyers for the nouveau riche you are in luck! The only people I know are other poor artists. What use is that..but I digress. Indeed it brings me to my next answer.
A: Network, network, network. For more on this you’ll have to go elsewhere.
If you find any helpful suggestions let me know, perhaps something that does not require partying when you are knackered, attending the exhibits of other artists with whom you have no creative/spiritual connections whatsoever, or pretending to be someone you are not against your own better judgement. Don’t get me wrong. I love to pretend to be who I am not. I call it performance art/acting and developing pseudonyms is a gas.
A: Eat well and exercise! The longer you live the greater chance you have of making something you are genuinely pleased with.
Dying young for your art is so eighties. I say this so flippantly and a little voice inside says: “We will revisit this!” the same voice that says: “You eat crap and exercise once a week when you are on fire!” Funny. Very funny.
An Occasional Pronouncement and Cheap Art Manifesto Addendum from the Bruxist Collective