Monday, March 26, 2007


I have run across another burgeoning art movement during my random scans of the web.

IANDI (pronounced eye-ahn-dee) is the label we have given to ourselves. We, as IANDI, believe that the art world is ready for a crucial shift. Art has long been deemed an invention of the inspired mind. We, as IANDI, agree. However, the art world often imposes restraints on the creativity of an artist. Once an artist has shown excellence in one specific style or medium they are frequently pigeonholed by their expertise. We, as IANDI, do not think that this is necessary or natural for a truly artistic mind. Why then, IANDI asks, should artists allow their creativity to be squelched by such unnatural constraints? IANDI is the opportunity for all artists to pursue any art form(s) of their choosing. Emphasis on the group over the individual allows an artist more freedom to follow their artistic interests. We, as IANDI, feel that a forum of discussion and encouragement are important to the development of art. IANDI also believes that there should be no limitations on subject, style or medium. Creativity should be allowed to follow a natural evolution. Spontaneity is an important aspect of the IANDI movement. Art often presents itself spontaneously and we, as IANDI, believe that these impulses can lead us down new paths of artistic development.

IANDI Guiding Principles
() Adherence to one style or medium can compromise ones creativity.
() One should educate themselves about the history of a medium or style before pursuing it themselves.
() A group is more creative than an individual. The art is more important than the artist.
() An artist should not over think a composition at the expense of creativity.
() The notion of the masterpiece should be disregarded.
() One should not compromise their work for the invisible audience.

So far the membership seems to be a total of four, but who am I to judge, my own Immersion Travel Art movement seems to boast a grand total of one, at this time. I found IandI’s general statement to be a little too vague for my taste, which - I can only assume, is I why they created the “Guiding Principles” section.

Spontaneity is deemed important in the paragraph, but not with the choice of unfamiliar mediums – only when working composition? (According to numbers 2 and 4 of the guidelines). Education is important in the understanding of medium and style but irrelevant when approaching works classified or assumed to be masterpieces? I definitely have questions regarding these ideas, they may even win me over with a tactful reply (I have asked and am awaiting a response). However, I believe I will have trouble reconciling the concept that the group is more important than the individual. Despite all my socialist tendencies, first and foremost I care about myself and the art I’ve create above that of all others. If I didn’t feel this level of passion for my art, why would (or should) anyone else? Finally, the name is intriguing if not ironic. Though it is pronounced one way it reads as “I” and “I”… seems self-centered enough for me join, but their philosophy seems to fly in the face of ego-maniacal fantasies… where’s the fun in that? – DN

1 comment:

Nicholas Wineman said...

"() A group is more creative than an individual. The art is more important than the artist."

I thought they were so-so, until I read this. Sorry I have trouble believing artisits should worry about a group above themselves. btu I'm no artist, so I might not know what I'm talking about.