The Love of Money is the Root of All Artistic Compromise?

DreamTaxi Marketing and Media drives artists like me to where we want to go.
DreamTaxi Marketing and Media drives artists like me to where we want to go.

The Bible’s famous statement that the love of money is the root of all evil seems to be quite true – not only on the macro level, but on the micro levels.

Are there exceptions to this generalization?

As with anything, there most certainly are exceptions – but the aforementioned statement has so much the majority of evidence and proof from about every biological, political, and historical record that the exceptions are like grains of sand on an interstellar beach the size of Jupiter.

Loving money drives direct and indirect evil in every industry and this evil via financial affinity does not miss the hearts of even the best artists.

One can easily see compromise in art as even its dedicated starvers get sick of starving and trade in their beauty making and become designers of what the masses demand.  All of us artists run at some speed – some slower than others in hopes of maintaining a form of protest to the almost imminent and required kowtow – toward salary – willing, even with loud groaning, to afford life.

But do we really have to give up our vision of art in whatever creative field we have found?  Can’t we instead become a night stocker at a grocery store or a night stalker for the FBI to get paid and leave our art in its pure state?

I guess it is the choice of each artist – I find it to be a tough one for me most days.

But, I usually side with the love of my art to lead me into some sort of deeper satisfaction than to side with my love of money – which might lead me to a nicer house and car, but leave me with a rather “evil” taste in my mouth.

What about you?

When was the last time you chose the love of art over the love of money?

How do you keep yourself from compromising your vision when the money offer seems too good to be true?

The author Loud A. Smith, a friend of mine, says about his book series entitled “Mesus“:  “I could have very easily turned this story into a crowdpleaser with a compromising tweak here and a dumbing down there – I could have made a lot more money from it.  But, if I had pleased the crowd to pocket green paper, I would not have been able to look at myself in the mirror.  And I definitely would not have liked what I put out there.  I may drive a 2006 Saab, but at least I didn’t drive myself mad by loving money more than my version of art.”

His Saab sucks.

But, his words don’t.

Comment away my friends…

Check out his world at Loudsmith Media when you can in the meantime…


Tongue of the Taster: Consuming Art

DreamTaxi Marketing and Media drives artists like me to where we want to go.
DreamTaxi Marketing and Media drives artists like me to where we want to go.

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder then why is it that many people who buy “beauty” based on their beholding are judged by experts and art critics as being “blind”.

Why do pieces of art even have official critics if “art attempting beauty” has been given individualized and subjective criteria?

The only expert in determining beauty is me when I behold a piece of art and my opinions of it only matter to me – (same for you)

Bring it back to supply and demand –

Our world demands critics and experts and beauty reviewers because it’s individuals are too afraid to accept the responsibility of determination – We want someone else to tell us how to see.  Thus, there is an ample supply of “seers” who are trained and educated to be our personifications of perspective.  “This is good.  This is art.  This is not.  This is trash.”

And most of us believe them.

Too bad really.  This belief leaves us fearful of making wonderful snap judgments about creations all around us.  We dare not devour the art around us because what if our consumption is based on an untrained palate for the palette – what if what we think is foie gras is judged to be Twinkie meat by the experts?

We do not need to be told what beauty is YET we “need” to be told what beauty is because we are convinced we are not gifted with the innate ability to judge for ourselves.  Our taste buds are specially made to taste beauty suited to us and satisfactory to us, but we dare not consume or be an art consumer, because there are not enough of the trained “tongues” to tell us we are not wasting our money on bad sight.

Advice from my grandfather when told that his clothing style was too odd, too strange, and too far outside the boundaries of “normal” taste:  “I set the style.  I think it looks good and thus it looks good.  I buy what I see to be cool and have the balls to wear it.  If you don’t like it, don’t buy it and feel free to look the other way.  But, I’m not changing.”

Basically a big middle finger to those who wait to see until someone else sees for them.

My advice:  See beauty today.  Ask no one what they think.  Buy it.  Become an art consumer for the sake of living out a cliche boldly.

I continue to give a shout out to the marketing and media creators at  Dream Taxi, because they make and consume beauty and art without social media acceptance to let them know it’s okay.  I will roll with them all day, every day.

The Attitude of Art: Famine is hard

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“You talking to me?”  “You talking to me?”

One of the most important parts of Art is the attitude – The Attitude that goes into making art and the Attitude that goes into buying art.

We will deal with the Attitude of the artist in this post and then take on the consumer attitude of art in the next one.

As a creator of various forms of art, I try to stick to my subjective definitions of art so that I am not hampered by the “proper” ways to make something into “SOMETHING.”  Basically, if I decide to make something, I imagine it and then go for it like an architect who has a foundational framework but no real consuming blueprint other than the design living in my head.

This is how I create a form of beauty, which is pleasing to me.  If I can make something that is beautiful to me, even if it shades toward “ugly” or “distressed” or “odd,” I will be satisfied even if those around me or even those far beyond me (critics and people outside of the spheres of my influence) find it “un-beautiful.”  Keeping my art as art to me might make me financially poor, but it leaves me as the chief guard of my artistic vision and gives me the complete responsibility for how much I sell-out or don’t sell-out.

No one but the original artist can be blamed for compromising the design.

ADVICE:  Writers, sculptors, painters, chefs, directors, photographers, etc. – Do not blame the buyers, editors or the critics for “making you sell out your vision.”  Selling-out is on you and you alone.

I’ve had to deal with this crucial thing several times and I have found peace in this:  Buck stops here, baby!

Big Shout out to our creative friends at Dream Taxi Media and Marketing for helping us and helping others achieve their visions without compromise.  Much love to Loudsmith Media for having the guts to put out edgy design and content even when no one will touch it…

Quoting Loud A. Smith himself – “To starve takes guts.”