My advice to anyone starting out in school, or since school, is to always have a notebook with you—it can be whatever size, whether you want it to fit in your pocket or be in your bag—and to write and draw things that occur to you as they occur to you. And then leave that notebook alone for a long time, and don’t go back and look at those pages—even preferably a few years later when you have to struggle to remember what it was about. I think that process of coming back to things you wrote, or did, or thought in a few years time is tremendously productive. It allows you to see a part of your own subconscious that you won’t see in the moment. but it will make sense in a few years time.
When I graduated from an art school in 2004, I wasn’t sure if I was an artist, yet. I didn’t have a show lined up, I wasn’t confident in the body of work I was making, I didn’t have the connections to the scene. Looking back, I wish someone told me “Hey. You are an artist.” If a single person had been supportive of my work, it would have helped me to consider myself an artist. So, today, I’d like to tell you –
You are an artist. I approve and support. If anyone has a problem with you being an artist, they can come to me. I will fight back.
A few other things I wish someone told me when I began to make art.
Invest in your art practice. Be generous with time and attention to your art. Take care of what you create. Be proud of it. Respect yourself as an artist. Everything you make is a culmination of many years of search.
Start a community of your own. Name it and own it. The chances of you finding a community and being part of it, and feeling like you are at the center of it, is slim. Starting one might be easier than finding one.
Build your own breakthrough. The recognition does not come from the outside. It happens when you are ready for it and the world is always curious.
The success of making art is not based on sales, fame, following, but if you can connect with others through your art.
Art is work. Very hard work and difficult work to dedicated your self to. The work may not compensate monetarily or bring immediate recognition easily.
You know your work as an artist is worth it when you enjoy your own work and you find the process rewarding.
Art is a way of looking at the world. It is practice — a continued act of engaging with the world and reflecting on yourself. It is praxis — a tool to bring your passion, talent, ability to good use.
Art world. You may feel like an uninvited guest at a private party. And there is the common notion that art belongs to the privileged, the ones with an excess of time and money. Most artists I know being their career modestly, work hard to build their reputation and define their worth. Their work brings the prestige and respect — something that’s difficult to buy.
What you are making maybe more important than what you might think of it.
You don’t need to look like an artist, sound like an artist, live like an artist. However, if you can think like an artist, you are an artist. Unlike everyone else who’s cultural or creative, artists have a unique ability to give form to an idea. Their mind is not only flexible but plastic. It can receive and give form to an idea.
People come to the OASIS for all the things they can do, but they stay for all the things they can be.
The narrative of our world is being capitalized by algorithms and big tech companies. We see more and more the same trends around world, same fashion, same music, same apps, same products, the same life styles. We are running to an homogeneous world, out of a aesthetic life, far away from being surprised or amazed at the beauty of diversity and change, we fall into a logical world where numbers and robots decide what's the best story for us, what is beautiful or not, what is correct or no.
The darker side of online dating is that it encourages the idea that a good relationship must mean a conflict-free relationship. And therefore, any relationship which has conflict in it, which has unhappiness and areas of tension in it, is wrong and can be terminated, because we have this wonderful backup, which is alternatives. So, like any tool, it’s got its pluses and minuses and has to be used correctly. And I think what I mean by “correctly” is, it has to broaden the pool of people from which we’re choosing our lovers, while not giving us the illusion that there is such a thing as a perfect human being.