Thursday, 10 December 2015

Inspiring Art Lectures #1

Working part time means lots of free time, not much money and honestly, a fair bit of loneliness. So while in this transitional period of my life I've been reuniting myself with things that I am passionate about and taking time to be creative. After buying the book Playing to the Gallery by Grayson Perry I started looking up art lectures on youtube. Talks by contemporary artists explaining their work, discussions between professionals within the commercial art world and anything that resembles a ted talk format. It's amazing how much you can learn for free sat on your bed at home. For many of us it has become natural to play things on our phones or laptops simply to have background noise, from netflix to music. So why not make it educational? I've picked out a few of my recent favourites to share.

Building Your Art Career - Michael Cuffe at the Academy of Art University
I hate when people disregard creative courses, degrees, talents, career pathways, ettccccc. These things are so incredibly important to us as a society and to our individual wellbeing. On facebook recently there was a snapchat of a foggy street with the words "as bleak as an art student's future" while funny, it is hurtful and misleading. Yes not everyone will become international, millionaires artists. But many people can make a living through their creative talents. This lecture ran at a university raises awareness for creative success through use of social media (and hard work)  Through our online presence we create a community or a following where people support one another and become interested in each others work. Personality combined with talent and clever self promotion really can yield results.  

Tracey Emin Artist Talk at MCA - MCA Australia 
We've all seen the Unmade Bed piece and wondered what it was all about and why it was worth so much money! After recent research into this piece I began watching many talks by Tracey Emin and felt really drawn to her as a person. While it is easy to appreciate traditional art work, when observing contemporary art it can be hard to understand the conversation behind the piece and the experiences that created it. Watching videos, reading up on the work or using audio guides is definitely a way to make it more accessible and relate with what you are seeing. The Tate youtube channel has some wonderful insights.   

Artist Talk: Marina Abramovic in Conversation with Sam Keller - Fondation Beveler 
I have had very limited if any experience with performance art and so I when I clicked through to this video I almost changed it within the first few minutes. But I am so happy that I didn't. It was truly eye opening and ingenious. At a 2014 exhibition at London's Serpentine Gallery artist Marina Abramovic used the audience to become the very art work. Through a series of mindfulness style exercises the viewer was immersed in a life changing experience. She puts so much of herself into the work in such a different way than other artists. She is the art work and not even in a vain or singular way but in such a way that shows she honestly cares so much about what art can give. The responsibilities of art to society and the world we create. 

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