Wednesday, May 10, 2006

20 Questions To My Self As A Young Artist














I was clearing through a few months worth of papers and reference materials when I came across a yellowing photo copy given to me years ago by an artist I much admired. It was a list of 20 questions every 'young' artist should ask themselves. I was blown away by how long it had been since I had read these and wondered why I hadn't been reading them everyday.

These are REAL questions for today and jump off the page as I write now. I think they bare on a lot of the issues being covered in the art blogosphere over these last few weeks and months. So without further adieux:

20 QUESTIONS TO MYSELF AS A YOUNG ARTIST
  1. ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE ART FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?
  2. DO YOU MAKE ART AS IF THE WORLD MATTERED?
  3. COULD ART BECOME A THING OF THE PAST; DOES ART HAVE A FUTURE?
  4. HOW DO YOU MAKE ART FOR A SOCIETY IN DISARRAY?
  5. WHO DO YOU MAKE YOUR WORK FOR?
  6. CAN YOU MAKE ART FOR BOTH THE SELF AND THE WORLD?
  7. WHAT DOES AN ARTIST BRING TO SOCIETY?
  8. IS SAYING I AM AN ARTIST A STATEMENT OF PRIVILEGE AND/OR RESPONSIBILITY?
  9. WHY IS ART ESSENTIAL TO YOUR WAY OF LIFE?
  10. CAN YOU IMAGINE YOUR LIFE WITHOUT ART?
  11. WHAT IS THE NEXT JOB OF THE ARTIST?
  12. IS THE ARTIST BECOMING THE GUARDIAN OF THE "SERIOUS"?
  13. IS THE ARTIST THE BEST CRITIC OF SOCIETY?
  14. DO YOU MAKE ART "AS IF" NEW YORK DOES NOT EXIST?
  15. BEYOND COMMODITY AESTHETICS, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
  16. HOW DO YOU MAKE ART FOR LEAN TIMES?
  17. ARE THESE "DIRTY WORDS" COMING BACK: BEAUTY, SPIRITUAL, FORMAL, ETC.?
  18. WHAT CAN ART BECOME AND WHERE CAN IT GO?
  19. HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR WAY TO YOUR PLACE?
  20. AFTER NOW WHAT?
- Peter Stroud

3 comments:

Susan Constanse said...

These are great questions. I think I'll print this out. Thanks

Bill Gusky said...

BRILLIANT!!! Thank you!

highlowbetween said...

Glad you two like these. I really do think they touch on important issues inherent to making - and why we make art. Please pass them on...