Sunday, July 28, 2013

Won't change your mind

Let’s talk about art shall we.
I’m reading Henry Miller’s Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch , and there he discusses how artists often have to work to support themselves in mundane standard jobs, doing dreary tasks, instead of creating, and how at times they find themselves in places, locations, where supporters and patrons can provide them with the means, time and space to generate art, prose, or whatever endeavor they pursue while the rest of the regular people go about doing their regular things.
So a simple criticism of this would be, what makes those people more entitled to living off of someone else’s work ethic, and then showing disdain for their simple ways.
I know many artists, some of them, take advantage of the opportunity to not work because a sister, parent, in-law, or partner is willing to make it possible for them to manage in whatever way they can. And that for me is the bottom line. Due to a myriad of reasons, some people don’t work, are not employed, but it’s not because they shouldn’t have to, it’s because someone has accommodated their inability or at times, choice to provide for themselves.
It’s those others that I’m thinking about today, the ones that actually make it possible for us to see, hear and read masterful works.


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