Where do artists fit within that great chasm? Are we content to remain within the barriers of our stereo-typical anti-social placement? Certainly, the stereo-type is often true. I speak more in this blog than I ever do publicly about such ideals. Hence, the very source of my artistic vision is the concept of overcoming my own reductive tendencies regarding social interaction.
The Immersion Travel Art Movement has merit two-fold:
1. Documentation of societies that reflects their philosophical need to continue
2. Social interaction that forces the artist into the forefront of collective importance
For over a century we have remained a closed society. Prior to that time, artists were much more active in royal courts and general social engagements. Without doubt, there were still numerous minor figures that had difficulty finding success – but absolute failure was not the badge of artistic honor, that seems to have infected our modern culture. Half the reason there are so many “starving artists”, in contemporary society, is our field’s lack of initiative in perpetuating the truth of our importance.
One of the worst moments in the modern art world occurred when Van Gogh died without selling a single work. His complete success in the years to come only made his lack of merit while living all the more glorious to collectors. Before his demise, I wonder how common it was to hear the statement – “an artist has to die to become famous”? - DN