ART IS HUMAN ECOLOGY
THE END OF POST-MODERNISM AND THE BEGINNING OF WORLD CULTURE
Commerce gives creativity stature
It is highly erroneous for any grant receiving body, to claim that it is
not interested in selling the work their elected participants produce.
The true support of creative people has to be in the real word community. To
wrap art in a quasi-academic-philosophical membrane is to return art to the realms
of the privileged, elitist minority, who administrate it because they themselves
have had the benefit of the traditional skills that they so hypocritically erode
in their unsuspecting supplicants! Art institutions at long last encourage business
and marketing skills. To study the needs of a client, to adapt creativity to an
environment, to in any way apply your art is not to denigrate it but to give the artist
greater breadth in the community, greater influence. To stigmatise commercial
buoyancy is an act of betrayal and academics who pour disdain upon professional
solvency do nothing to help the survival of artists. They perversely strive to sustain in
others, qualities that will not undermine their position of part-time privilege.
Perpetuating the vacuum
It is natural that academics seek to apply their theoretical world to a practicing
arena, for students to pass on their knowledge to the next generation of students,
for the retired to regain areas of responsibility as a committee member in an arts
capacity. However, any regime devoid of practising creative people who work
to pay their bills, will inevitably slip into a vacuum; into being a rarefied acquiescent
cultural monastery, devoid of any real connection with the community it purports
to serve. Students and arts officers who go directly from study to practice are often
devoid of worldly experience and by being unable to be truly objective, sustain
and continue the Post-Modernist propaganda reinforcing and sanitising the
cultural lie, embedding themselves beneath layers of deception and further eroding
the wellbeing of the creative community.
To give children in school the opportunity of free experimentation to nurture their self
belief within an open-minded approach to teaching techniques and disciplines, is
essential. To change that democratic openness in further education is to actually
impede self development and to put the young into a serious psychological stricture
from which some never recover. It is short sighted to ignore how quickly the young
become older, middle-aged and senior. Creative opportunities in a
community must be equally available to all ages. Those in receipt of grants who are
ageists have a questionable and spurious remit; they are often no longer young
Equality in the arts and crafts
It is worth noting that those who uphold the de-classification and demotion of
artists as being ‘nothing special’ seldom uphold the work of craftspeople as being
of equal merit and value. By their very edict, fine art applied is still fine art, and by
the same token is an act of craftpersonship and visa-versa. A painted pot or a painting
with a handle are of equal merit or we have not progressed beyond the Bauhaus.
It is overdue that we should reclaim our right to an open culture and to see it equally
funded in the community. This ‘Emperor’s new clothes’ undemocratic regime of
abject foolishness and inhumanity in colleges, institutions and publicly funded bodies
must come to an end.
Post-Modernism must go
I vehemently put forward the notion that we are in a non-movement; a period of
reawakening. Let us therefore honour our future in the arts by allowing our
students to receive a degree in ‘World Culture’ and denigrate Post-Modernism to
the post in the ground that it is. Let those without degrees also be supported for
the value of their work, assessed by practitioners but not exclusively by Post-
Modernists. Creativity and the arts in the general community
must also be supported with grants to allow the prevailing multi-culture a democratic
chance to prosper as ‘the art of the people. The most distant rural communities stand
equal in their importance to receive funding, no one body should ever be given
a ‘lion’s share and to apply a Post-Modernist criteria as a qualification is unjust
and discriminatory in the extreme.
Art is a humanity
Art is not a subject but a humanity; its rightful place is at the very centre of
education as a creative hub, from primary to degree level and beyond. Tutors
participating in such a scheme will need to believe in equal opportunity, regardless of
gender, race or religious belief.
It is seldom fully understood that art goes beyond self-indulgence and anarchy.
Art expands awareness, breadth of learning, a sense of self-value and, most of all, an
ability to project beyond ourselves. Visual language has a power beyond fashion.
Art communicates not just ideas and expressions but statements about human need,
injustice and suffering, while being a force for peace and human understanding.
Ultimately, art impels us towards a whole-world consciousness.
By extending beyond the self, art has the capacity to be a spiritual diviner.
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