You'd have to have your head under a large rock not to notice that in the last few years t-shirts and posters seem to rule when it comes to online selling of artwork. It is all about image rather than the object. Tod said it is a flat world, a 2D world. Everything is online, its flat.
There are times I wonder if I shouldn't force myself to change what I am doing just to ride out a wave that is going strong. Could I even do it? Do I want to? Not really. But we are talking survival here. Logistically, I'm a 47 year old unhip female who wouldn't know how to make iconic if you hit me with it. I still don't get it. I'm still left feeling completely dull and dead inside when I look at this stuff. It doesn't illicit anything warm in me or live. As an artist what am I trying to convey with what I do and the bigger question is, HOW do I get that message across to people and have it mean enough that they get excited by it?
I've pretty much just been plugging away with my art and showing it on my website, blog and in brick & mortar galleries. Not doing the big hype thing. I'm not that kind of person, and my art, while some could argue stands for something in that 'green scheme of things', isn't something I have been able to objectify into any conclusive importance. Would I want to be in Fairey's shoes right now? No fucking way. I don't envy the stardom and obvious success he is having right now. I envy perhaps his ability to do something that people relate to with such fervor. I don't necessarily want something I have done to be replicated hundreds if not thousands of times and plastered all over the internet. It isn't my style. It would feel like a false balloon of importance. It's good that people are united and brought together, but to put all of that energy into a poster doesn't sit right with me. I know, it is symbolism. I have a problem with all that I guess. I see it as a lack of identity and the lack of individuality. I don't want what everyone else has. In fact the more everyone wants something chances are the more I will make sure I do not have it. The latest and greatest still feels weak to me unless it serves a real purpose in your life.
It does bring up many thoughts for me. For someone who is collecting as a means to an end (financial gain) I can understand more about the importance (?) of snagging this work up. It bums me out that I don't understand the hype, the hyperbole over trying to nab what everyone else is. Is this any different than the beanie baby frenzy? What am I not getting here? Why not own a one of a kind real piece of actual art? As for these posters, I get it that there is a message in them. I'm not THAT stupid. I'm a hard sell, but not stupid. The line gets blurred between the 'art' and the actual person or thing. You get fixated on the thing, in this case, Obama, and I have to wonder if that doesn't create unrealistic idealism. I'm probably getting in over my head on this, but this is where I offer it up for understanding and other people's views.
It frustrates me I haven't found my niche in the art buying universe. As an artist I keep standing at the high dive and looking at the pool and thinking,'I don't want to dive in that pool'. My art isn't an easy fit, I will grant you that. But I know enough about what is out there and what I do to say it is unique and of lasting value; perhaps not in a historical way such as the Obama thing, but on a more subtle level. It's not just me putting a rusty thing here and a rusty thing there. The journey started when I gave up trying to live a life that wasn't working. My art stands for what can happen when you stop forcing things to happen. That's a pretty big message in my book.
*I'm talking about ART here not politics. I get it that the Obama posters stand for so much more than what my art stands for. I get it. Half the time I don't think I convey what I really mean in any of this....I'm new to all of this. It's very daring for me to try to talk about art and meaning, let alone someone else's' art and meaning. I'm just exploring my thoughts and sharing where I am at. Mostly I'm frustrated and it all goes back to just trying to find my people or my way of making it. I might sound